Flying guide

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As we all know, even efficient flights can quickly exceed a single person’s annual climate CO2 budget, and we therefore recommend travelling by bus or train when possible. However, we are aware that for many of you, taking a train to cross a continent or swimming through an ocean is just not an option. We’ve put together this guide on how to fly a bit more sustainably.

You can find a list of the best performing airlines on the report published by the NGO Atmosfair here.

The environmental performances of each airlines are divided by short (up to 800km), medium (up to 3,800 km) and long haul flight (over 3,800km) so you can go directly to the category that applies to you.

Source: Atmosfair (2019)

We realize that it is not always possible to choose the most environmentally friendly company, as ultimately price prevails. Even then, there are steps you can take no matter which company you are flying with:

Fly direct: the distance you are flying is shorter, and you only go through one taking off and landing thus using less fuel.

If you can afford to, offset your flight. We realize that offsetting is not perfect, and that emissions control and reduction should be priority. However, supporting environmental projects is a good compromise when emissions can’t be avoided. Be mindful of the company you choose, and make sure the projects are certified, such as on Green Tripper or South Pole.

Choose popular,  high capacity routes or fly at peak times; the fuller the flight is, the less CO2 emissions per traveler there are.

Pack light. According to Air France, if everyone packed one kilogram less per flight, the company would save 69 tonnes per year! No one will judge you if you wear the same t-shirt twice.

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