Frequently asked questions

How much does air travel contribute to my CO2 footprint?

FootprintThe climate footprint for a typical holiday shows that flying causes far more CO2 than any other aspect. For a two-week trip to Mallorca, the flights are responsible for 75% of the total CO2 emissions generated by the holiday as a whole (source: WWF). In an effort to keep climate change to a sustainable level, the international community has agreed to prevent average temperatures rising more than 2°C by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, it is recommended that each person keeps within an annual CO2 "budget" of 2.3 tonnes (for household needs, transport, food, consumer goods etc.). One return flight from Zurich to New York uses up the whole of this annual CO2 budget.

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 Bali and Kenya are contributing to social, environmental and economic development.

Does Kuoni charge an administration fee or add a margin to the offset payment?

Unlike many other offsetting programmes, Kuoni levies no administration fees or additional charges. Kuoni does not wish to profit from the voluntary contributions made by its customers to improve the environment. Kuoni itself pays all the administration costs associated with the programme, including updating the website and collecting CO2 data.

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.

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