3. Ditch Plane Travel For Short Distances
According to a researcher with the International Council on Clean Transportation, “planes expend a significant amount of fuel just reaching altitude and descending, so the shorter the distance you fly, the less efficient.” So if you need to travel a short distance, consider other travel options. Trains, buses, and even shared car rides are better than plane travel. They may even save you time because you won’t have to trek out to the airport and undergo lengthy screening processes and wait times.
4. Travel Closer To Home
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the world’s wonders are closer than we think. How important is it for an American to jet off to the Swiss Alps when they have never even hiked in Aspen, or to visit the wine region of Tuscany if they have never sipped wine in Napa? Consider ways of traveling closer to home, like road trips, rail journeys, camping, and RVing.
5. Book Nonstop Flights
According to a NASA report, the takeoff and landing cycle accounts for 25 percent of a flight’s emissions, so multiple-leg trips are worse for the environment. Choose direct flights where possible and reconsider whether you need a layover. If you do, then make it an extended one in a place in which you wish to spend quality time. This is much better than an overnight stay in a hotel room before returning to the airport for the next leg.
6. Know Your Planes
More fuel-efficient aircraft produce fewer emissions. In 2018, the International Council on Clean Transportation listed the Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-9 as the most fuel-efficient aircraft. Does choosing these aircraft make a difference? Totally. The organization also reported that the carbon emissions per passenger decreased more than 50 percent since 1990, thanks to such fuel-efficient planes. The trouble is that there are so many more flights.
7. Know Your Airlines
In 2018, the International Council on Clean Transportation reported that Norwegian is the most fuel-efficient transatlantic carrier, and that British Airways is the least efficient. EasyJet is on course to have the lowest carbon emissions in 2020. This is another consideration you’ll need to factor in when choosing a carrier.
8. Know Where To Find Greener Flights
While it can be difficult to keep up with aircraft carbon emissions statistics, a few flight-comparison sites are trying to make it easier. Skyscanner calculates carbon-efficient fares by aircraft type, seat capacity, and number of stops per flight. There’s a green leaf next to the greenest choices. Make sure to look for flights with lower carbon emissions. The flight-comparison site FlyGRN will even pay your carbon offset for you.