Airlines are planning to reduce and offset their carbon footprint

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After watching An Inconvenient Truth, featuring Al Gore crusading to raise awareness about our impact on global climate warming (pretty scary!!), I’m very glad to see that airlines are considering reducing and off-setting their carbon footprint (in the future).

It looks like airlines will be researching new ways of fueling their aircrafts as per iafrica.com‘s article here:
Leaders of the world’s airline industry said at their annual meeting that airlines will strive to be more “green” and aim for zero carbon-dioxide emissions by 2050, but sceptics question whether the goal is realistic.

“I don’t have all the answers, but I’m sure research can find the way to achieve zero percent in 50 years. This is realistic,” Giovanni Bisignani, director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said at the group’s annual conference in Vancouver this week. (Read the entire article here).

There is also a new airline, Silverjet is the first carbon neutral airline worldwide. Part of the cost of their tickets goes to support projects that neutralise carbon impact. Unfortunately they only fly London – New York but it’s hopefuly a start!

From Silverjet website: Our ticket price includes a mandatory carbon offset contribution which is invested by our world leading climate consultancy partner, The CarbonNeutral Company, to ensure that every tonne of CO2 associated with your flight is matched by one tonne saved through climate friendly projects around the world.

SAS is also working to become a greener company: Scandinavian Airlines Group (SAS) today launches its brand new carbon dioxide emissions offset programme. The scheme allows all SAS passengers travelling from the UK and Ireland to Scandinavia (and beyond) to offset their emissions through new, clean energy Emission Reduction projects around the world. Read more on The CarbonNeutral Company website 🙂

The aviation is not the only industry becoming aware of their carbon footprint. FT.com says that
an increasing number of companies, including HSBC bank, Marks and Spencer and BritishSkyBroadcasting, are choosing to become “carbon neutral”, meaning they promise their operations will have no negative impact on the climate. This is achieved by reducing a company’s emissions, through energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy. What remains is then “offsetted”.

Further reading:

– More about An Inconvenient Truth here: http://www.climatecrisis.net/

– Calculate your carbon footprint here: http://www.carbonfootprint.com/ and help reduce and offset it now!

The CarbonNeutral Company is one of the world’s leading carbon offset and climate consulting businesses, set up in the early 1990s with a vision captured in our CarbonNeutral® trademark. We’re proud to be helpi.jpgng thousands of people and 100s of major companies around the world, to measure, reduce and offset their CO2 emissions.

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