Tourism is responsible for roughly 8% of the world’s carbon emissions, making it a significant contributor to climate change.
A one-way flight from San Francisco to Paris can produce just over 1.25 metric tons of carbon emissions per passenger. That’s over a quarter of the amount of carbon that the average person worldwide produces per year – just from one round trip flight.
Every time you fly on a plane, stay in a hotel, ride in a taxi, or create waste, carbon emissions are being generated. While there are many ways that you can and should minimize your carbon footprint while traveling – from turning off the air conditioner to renting electric vehicles – no matter how sustainable your travel habits are, certain carbon emissions are unavoidable. That’s where carbon offsetting comes in.
What is Carbon Offsetting?
Carbon offsetting allows you to compensate for the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions you produce by reducing emissions somewhere else
How do carbon offsets work?
Carbon Emissions from Travel
Every time you travel, you generate carbon emissions throughout your trip from flying, lodging, transportation, and other activities. You can learn more about tourism’ carbon footprint here.
To compensate for your travel footprint, you can purchase carbon offset credits equivalent to the amount of emissions you were responsible for. We’ll invest your credits in certified carbon reduction projects.
Projects reduce carbon dioxide by capturing/storing existing CO2 or preventing new emissions from happening. For example, one project might establish a wind farm that generates clean energy, while another may plant trees that absorb carbon
Benefits for Nature and People
Projects may provide benefits that go beyond carbon reduction, such as protecting forests and the biodiversity within, or creating opportunities for communities to better their livelihoods and health.
Offset Your Carbon Footprint
What will my contribution support?
When you offset your footprint through Sustainable Travel International, your contribution will be invested in third-party verified carbon offset projects that combat climate change. In addition to reducing emissions, these projects support one or multiple of the following causes.
Forests & Biodiversity
Clean & Efficient Energy
Our impact and experience
Sustainable Travel International connects individuals and businesses with carbon offset projects that are third-party verified for meeting rigorous criteria, ensuring that results are real and measurable and that projects provide community benefits and support biodiversity conservation.
Since 2007, we have helped individuals and companies offset over
metric tons of CO2e
which is equivalent to
tree seedlings grown for 10 years
cars not on the road for a year
gallons of gasoline not consumed
homes not using electricity for one year
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