Staying Green While Traveling: How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint! BY ANDREW WAN
INSIDER SECRET: Many popular airlines allow you to donate to a carbon offset program at the time you book your flight.
Technological advances over the years have made it easier to do business over great distances. Cars and airplanes, for instance, help us do business face to face in hours — nationwide and between continents.
With those technological advances, however, have come increased carbon emissions and environmental damage. Many studies have shown that our emissions have significantly increased ever since the Wright brothers launched manned flights in 1902 and Carl Benz created the first automobile in 1879.
But if you travel frequently, there are a lot of things you can do to lower your carbon footprint.
How to Calculate Your Carbon Emissions, and What You Can Do to Cut Back
The more we fly, the more we contribute to the market for air travel and all the jet fuel it burns, releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If you’re wondering just how much of an impact you’re making, here’s one way you can quickly estimate your carbon footprint!
We might not be able to avoid flying altogether, but there are plenty of things we can do to reduce the impact.
Fly on a More Fuel-Efficient Airplane
Certain aircraft are more fuel-efficient than others, generating far fewer carbon emissions. Their efficiency will depend on a number of factors, such as the overall weight, aerodynamic design, materials used and engine efficiency.
Generally speaking, newer aircraft are likely to be more fuel-efficient because of the increased awareness of carbon emissions and climate change, along with efforts to push more sustainable transportation, but this isn’t always the case.
Here are four fuel-efficient aircraft to keep an eye out for:
- Airbus A3250 XWB
- Airbus A380
- Boeing B787-800 Dreamliner
- Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
Lose the Extra Baggage and Travel Light
The more you bring, the more weight you’re adding to the plane, which will make the flightless fuel-efficient. Pack light and you’ll be doing your bit in reducing just a few more of those carbon emissions.
How You Can Donate and Support Green Organizations
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