Airlines are taking a stand against rising greenhouse gas levels by enacting carbon neutral flights. The International Civil Aviation Organization is spearheading this movement. In 2016, they introduced a measure for offsetting and reducing CO2 emissions. This ensures that the overall increase in international flight capacity after 2020 is climate neutral. To comply with this agreement, airlines must purchase emission compensation. This money will be used to fund sustainable energy projects. As a result, it will also offset the increase in emissions from the year 2020. Some airlines and airports are finding creative ways to lower or make up for their carbon dioxide output. In turn, they are inspiring their passengers to find ways to do good for the planet as well.
Delta Airlines has invested in climate protection since 2012. They promote CO2 neutrality on both domestic and international flights. The company devotes attention to innovation in fuel economy, electric tractors, and coal exploration. They give customers the opportunity to offset the CO2 emissions. This is done through donations to their CO2 neutrality initiative and various environmental projects. Subsequently, the funds will be used to reduce the airline’s carbon footprint.
Virgin Australia is trying to minimize the effects of its business practices on the atmosphere. It is pressing others to adopt carbon reduction measures, too. There are a number of young fuel-efficient aircraft in the Virgin Australia fleet. In fact, some examples include; the 777, ATR 72, Boeing 737, and Airbus A330. The airline has also taken steps to increase aircraft weight, promote green biofuel development, and optimize flight planning. In 2007, Virgin Australia unveiled their carbon offset initiative program. Fliers can use their points or cash to help contribute to the Tasman Land Conservancy’s New Leaf project. This initiative focuses on Tasmanian land preservation. According to their website, the airline has offset four million seats in the last 10 years.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport collaborated with Ameresco to enhance the airport’s energy sources. As a result, they enacted a new solar initiative with green energy and lighting enhancements for the entire facility. This program saved the equivalent of 9,464 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. One day, all airports will significantly lower their emissions. Until that time, each airline (and airport) is responsible for taking part in the search for clean energy. In addition, they are also responsible for offsetting the carbon consequences of the rapidly growing travel market.