Frequently asked questions

How much does air travel contribute to my CO2 footprint?

Global tourism accounts for eight percent of the global CO2 emission, when taking the whole supply chain from hotel to tourism to food and beverages to retail offerings into account. Having said this, it becomes apparent that travel distance and transportation mode have the biggest impact on the magnitude of direct tourism missions and thus on the CO2 footprint. Therefore, air travel contributes far more to the climate-damaging CO2 emissions than any other part of the journey. For example, long-haul flights account for only 2% of all tourist travel between the five largest regions of world tourism, but contribute 16% to the CO2 emissions of global tourism. (University of Sydney, UNWTO)

How does CO2 offsetting work, and how is the amount calculated?

The passenger pays a certain amount of money to cover the estimated emissions of greenhouse gases. This sum is invested by myclimate in climate protection projects. myclimate supports projects that use renewable energies, encourage energy efficiency and reduce methane emissions; it also backs reforestation and new forestation initiatives that help ease the pressure on valuable woodland and on biodiversity hotspots. The money helps climate protection projects save an equivalent quantity of climate-impacting emissions. Thanks to this offsetting, the net effect is that no greenhouse gases are released.

Find out more about the calculation method.

Why are emissions higher when I fly in a premium seat (business or first class)?

Premium-class seating configurations take up more room and weight in a plane than economy class. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) the CO2 emissions attributable to a premium class seat are twice as high as for an economy one.

What kind of projects does my donation help, and how do you guarantee that the projects really do effectively help mitigate climate change?

myclimate projects meet the highest standards (CDM, Gold Standard, Plan Vivo), and are proven not only to reduce greenhouse gases, but also to foster sustainable development at a local and regional level. Climate protection projects result in lower CO2 emissions whilst contributing significantly to sustainable development in the region. The Gold Standard is an internationally recognized independent label awarded to high-quality climate protection projects and the emission reduction certificates they earn. Go here to read more about how myclimate projects in Kenya and in Tanzania are contributing to social, environmental and economic development.

Can I have my offset payment refunded if the flight is cancelled?

This is not possible because the CO2 offset payment is treated as a donation. If a flight is cancelled, the offset payment can be transferred to a later flight.

How much of my offsetting will go to the projects?

CO2 offsetting only achieves something if the payments are actually used directly for climate protection projects. As a non-​profit foundation, myclimate guarantees that at least 80 percent of offsetting payments will be used directly in climate protection projects.

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