Cleaner Plane Travel: How To Offset Your Carbon Footprint

Cleaner Plane Travel: How To Offset Your Carbon Footprint


As I prepare to board yet another plane for yet another exotic destination, I’m becoming increasingly aware of the hypocrisy of advocating for sustainable living and yet leaving air travel out of the equation.

Staying in London for the rest of my days just isn’t an option for me though. I LOVE to travel and I want to see as much of this beautiful planet as possible during the time I’ve got here. So what other option do I and other keen travellers have?

Carbon Offsets.

Yes – you can calculate your carbon emissions and offset or compensate your footprint by making a positive contribution elsewhere to environmental projects – like reforestation programmes, biodiversity conservation projects and renewable energy installations. Woohoo! And you can do this through making direct contributions to environmental organisations, or via some airlines’ websites when either booking your flight, or afterwards when logged onto your account.

Each tonne of CO2 clocks in at around £8/10 – To give you some perspective, my return flight to Mexico will emit 2.26 tonnes of CO2 and will cost me just £16.95 to off-set, according to Climate Care.

There are several verified UK offset schemes you can donate funds to such as Pure Leapfrog  and the World Land Trust, or you can do it directly via some airlines’ websites when either booking your flight, or afterwards when logged onto your account. I’ve compiled a list of airlines below for you that you may want to consider booking with to make your journey greener.

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Carbon neutral under the NCOS Carbon Neutral program, Australia’s largest airline is also the largest offsetter of any airline company in the world, having offset over 2.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions since 2007 via its Qantas Fly Carbon Neutral Scheme.


Emirates claim full responsibility for offsetting their emissions through a number of sustainability initiatives like recycling and waste minimisation programs, energy and water efficiency projects and conservation-based tourism developments, as well as investing billions of dollars in low emissions aircraft.

Delta Airlines

Delta gives its customers the chance to mitigate the environmental impact of their travel by donating funds towards various environmental projects in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, such as forest protection programmes that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

British Airways

British Airways developed the passenger programme ‘The Carbon Fund’ back in 2011, aimed at assisting community energy projects across the UK. Customers can opt to contribute funds towards various initiatives like installing solar panels on school roofs or low impact appliances in community buildings.


Now we can travel with a slightly cleaner conscience! Phew. And who knows, maybe one day planes will be fuelled by solar power. Maybe?!


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This post was written by Lotte, one of our new writers who will be bringing environmental and lifestyle content to The Eco Edit.

Lotte is a London-based yoga and meditation teacher and environmentalist.

You can check out her blog over at and follow her on Instagram over at



  1. 8th January 2018 / 11:02 am

    The air travel thing has been a real struggle for me too (especially as a former travel editor). One of my solutions has been to retrain my brain to find shorthaul/closer to home destinations more attractive so had a great holiday in France (we drove) last year and have enjoyed short trips to various places in the UK. It’s not quite the same and I don’t think I’ll stay home forever but limiting myself to one flight a year helps my conscience, and the world.

    • Roxy
      8th January 2018 / 11:08 am

      Hi Emily, it is a tough one, and we all have our own perspective on this. I currently live on the Isle of Man and do need to fly several times a year to see friends and family, but hope that as a lifelong veggie and being conscious in other ways, this helps to offset. It would be interesting to delve deeper into this, I have saved the idea for a future post. Thanks so much for stopping by! Roxy x

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