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Carbon offsetting

Carbon offsetting

Offsetting the CO2 created by your flight can help you to reduce your carbon footprint

While we’re doing our very best to limit our impact on the environment, flying does generate CO2 emissions. That’s why we offer you the choice you to offset the emissions you produce while flying with us.

Carbon offsetting works by funding projects (mainly in developing countries) that reduce carbon emissions. There are strict criteria about what counts as a carbon reduction, the key one being that the projects would not go ahead without the carbon offsetting funding. Carbon offsetting projects range from large scale wind and solar farms to biomass cook stove projects.

Some new research, carried out by Imperial College London in partnership with the International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Alliance (ICROA), demonstrates how purchasing carbon credits creates economic development opportunities, aids environmental conservation and helps improve people’s lives by delivering household savings, health benefits and improving water resources, among other social benefits. They found that offsetting one tonne of CO2 brings an additional $664 in benefits to the communities where carbon reduction projects are based. Click here (opens in a new window) to read the study and download the infographic.

Offset your flight to reduce your carbon footprint (opens in a new window)

To know more about our approach to carbon offsetting, further information can be found in our Autumn 2012 Sustainability Report.