How large the carbon footprint of a flight is, depends mainly on the flight route and the type of aircraft. A passenger travelling by plane from Stuttgart to Crete, for example, produces approximately 330 kg CO2 – and the same amount on the way back.
The non-profit organization atmosfair offers compensation for a voyager’s unavoidable emissions when travelling by air. Because climate change is a global phenomenon, it is possible to counterbalance carbon emissions that are created in one place by saving the same amount of CO2 at another location. Atmosfair finances climate protection projects worldwide with the voluntary contribution of passengers. The organisation fulfils the strictest available quality standards and is controlled and certified by independent auditors.
An example of such an atmosfair project is the already constructed small hydropower plant in Honduras, which supplies clean electricity for neighbouring villages. It saves 30,000 tons of CO2 per year. Beyond that, the technology transfer also fosters a sustainable development in the selected region and thus contributes to fighting poverty.
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