Accounting for approximately 5% of all global carbon emissions, travel and tourism is a significant contributor to climate change. A round trip flight from New York City to London produces just over 2.5 tons of carbon emissions. That’s over half the amount of carbon that the average person produces in 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.
How does carbon offsetting work?
To compensate for the heavy carbon footprint caused by flying or other travel activities, travelers can purchase carbon offsets equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide they were responsible for. When you purchase carbon offsets, you’re contributing to carbon reduction projects that either capture and store existing CO2 from the atmosphere or prevent new emissions from happening. These could be projects such as establishing a wind farm that replaces energy produced from fossil fuel-fired power plants with clean, renewable energy or planting trees that will help to absorb and store carbon.
In addition, certain projects provide valuable benefits that go beyond just emission reduction, such as protecting forest ecosystems and the biodiversity within or creating opportunities for communities to better their livelihoods and health.
How can travelers purchase offsets?
Travel with an environmentally responsible tour operator that offsets trip emissions on the behalf of travelers
Many airlines have carbon offsetting programs that travelers can opt to use
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
Create a carbon offset program for your business
Sustainable Travel International works with businesses to help design custom-tailored carbon offset programs that take the burden of offsetting off of your customers.
Carbon offset projects
Our carbon offset portfolio includes forest conservation, ecosystem restoration, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and household devices projects around the globe. Select a project below to learn more
- Household Devices