Carbon Footprint: the Impact of your Flights
Understand the environmental impacts of your air travels
Carbon footprint: our impact on Planet Earth
Each one of our actions leads to the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This emission can be direct, when, for example, we use a car that burns gas, or indirect, when we use a plastic bag in the supermarket, since the manufacture of five of these bags emits 1 kg of carbon equivalent in the atmosphere.
The sum of these actions forms our carbon footprint, which shows how much greenhouse gases we emit into the environment and how much we contribute to global warming.
Flying also creates a footprint
Like all of our actions, flying also generates a carbon footprint because airplanes, due to the high use of fossil fuels, emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
In 2018, according to the ICCT (International Council on Clean Transportation), commercial aviation was responsible for emitting 918 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere – this means that commercial aviation alone accounted for 2.4% of global emissions, even though it is a sporadic and rare activity for a large part of the world population.
Between 2013 and 2018, emissions across the aviation industry increased by 32%; this is a worrying situation and one that must be solved.
Looking into the future: how airlines can reduce their emissions
In order to improve the current framework, ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), a specialized agency of the United Nations, responsible for promoting the safe and orderly development of global civil aviation, has set itself the goal of cutting carbon emissions in 2050 by half of 2005 levels.
For this to be possible, some actions that may help in this reduction are:
1. LIGHTER AIRCRAFTS
The heavier the plane, the more fuel it needs to use, so the development of lighter models benefits the environment. Making lighter seats, carpets, engines and all parts of the plane as a whole will make the aircraft need less fuel.
The exchange of fossil fuels for biofuels will help make our trips more sustainable; after all, these fuels are the major “villains” in the emissions of our air travel.
3. HYBRID ENGINES
The possibility of replacing traditional engines with hybrid or electric models will also help reduce fossil fuel consumption, significantly reducing total greenhouse gas emissions.
4. COMPENSATION THROUGH CARBON CREDITS
One of the alternatives to offset carbon emissions, in addition to the previous changes, is to offset the emissions of a flight through the purchase of carbon credits, as each credit purchased, means that a ton of equivalent carbon will no longer be emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere.
How can I offset my carbon emissions and how can Moss help me do it?
As we have mentioned before, the purchase of carbon credits is one of the main and quicker solutions to offsetting carbon dioxide emissions and, within this sector, Moss stands out as a global leader.
When purchasing and offsetting an MCO2 Token, Moss’ tokenized carbon credit, one ton of carbon equivalent will no longer be emitted into the atmosphere, as these credits originate from forest conservation projects that capture tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
To learn more about these projects, click here.
If you want to know more about carbon credits and how to buy your MCO2, click here to see the step-by-step guide. It is a safe, perennial asset that can be acquired by any individual and company in less than two minutes.
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