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Sustainable travels: CO2 emission offset

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1. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I wondered how many TP members contribute to programmes that invest in sustainable production, or otherwise do something to offset the amount of CO2 they cause to be emitted by travelling. If not, why? Would you do it if the possibility were brought to your attention while purchasing your ticket? Are there other alternatives you can think of to make travelling more sustainable than it is now?

Much appreciative of your thoughts,
Niels

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

I don't. No reason why, just haven't thought of it to be honest.

What does it actually entail? I mean, say I wanted to fly from Glasgow to New York, would I have to plant a tree? A forest? Give money to charity?

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

The best-known programmes are those in which, on the basis of the distance you travel (and the concomitant CO2 emission you cause), contribute to a charity that invests in all kinds of 'green' initiatives. I'll send you a link via pm; don't want to make free publicity here.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

I don't. No reason why, just haven't thought of it to be honest.

What does it actually entail? I mean, say I wanted to fly from Glasgow to New York, would I have to plant a tree? A forest? Give money to charity?

That's the whole problem: you pay for a 'tree' but in fact it's like raising funds for a tsunami: where does the money really go to? If it's nothing more than paying the 34th tax, I wouldn't do it at all. I pay taxes already on a lot of things.

5. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Cheers for the link Benti, I'll have a better look at it later.

TO be honest I think Utrecht makes a very good point - I already pay road tax in the UK which is based on engine size and thus carbon emissions. Of course, I'm sure very little of this actually goes into research into alternatives . . . (something we should have been doing years ago)

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

In fact many organisations do more than just reforestation; check TP's Emission Offset Page for a quick overview

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

I bought "carbon offsets" from Zerofootprint.net, but feel a bit conflicted about it, as I wrote in my blog My Left Carbon Foot(print). It feels a little like closing the barn door after the horse have fled, or as I wrote in the blog, buying carbon offsets feels a little bit like "buying a man a hat after forcibly shaving his head, and thinking that everything is alright." (I stole that from a TV commentor, in case you think I'm that smart, by the way).

I dunno. I think about it, but I don't know that it's changed the way I approach travel. I wish it has, but I'm afraid I'm too much of a stick-in-the-mud to have actually taken the steps to change my behaviour.

I do, really, wish I had, though.

8. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

Tell the truth not really thought about it.
Thank you for reminder.
I guess I should do my effort in order to a green travel.