Sometimes, it is the small and local projects initiated by airports, airlines, ground handlers, or integrators, that help to compensate CO2 emissions. They are based on passengers or
companies benefiting from air transportation being willing to volunteer a financial contribution to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions caused by the aviation sector.
It remains to be seen whether and how effective these numerous individual measures are.
Here are two current examples out of a number of existing similar projects that could serve as model for others.
time:matters compensates for CO2 emissions
The Frankfurt-based experts for urgent and overnight air transport logistics, who operate globally with more than 500 courier partners, have announced the introduction of what they term the
world’s first carbon-neutral on-board courier service. time:matters already introduced the use of electric vehicles on the airport apron last year, and cooperates closely with myclimate, a
non-profit organization that is said to be a world leader in voluntary quality compensation measures to offset carbon emissions.
time:matters state that they have been offsetting all courier-accompanied airmates transports since December 2019, and believe that they are now the world’s first carbon-neutral on-board courier
service. With the help of myclimate, they will be able to expand this even further in the future.
Hamburg Airport fosters planting trees
Travelers are asked by the airport to voluntarily contribute to climate protection by supporting tree planting. Through this initiative called “”offset locally – plant the future together”, their
individual greenhouse gas footprint will be neutralized. Since not everyone can plant a tree themselves, Hamburg Airport brings passengers and regional environmental initiatives together. Anyone
wishing to combine their flight with a voluntary climate protection donation can now do so independently of the airline via the airport website
As a guide, HAM recommends the following contributions for a single flight in eco class:
- up to 2,500 km flying distance: 5 – 15 euros
- 2,500 – 6,000 km: 15 – 50 euros
- more than 6,000 km: 50 – 100 euros
Climate friendly fuels
Further to this, Hamburg Airport has announced that it will be climate-neutral from 2021 on. CO2 emissions are to be reduced to zero or offset as far as possible. State-of-the-art vehicles,
renewable energies, the use of hydrogen as source, and an own climate forest with 180,000 trees will help to achieve the ambitious goal, the management says.
HAM is also involved in projects that focus on developing environmentally friendly fuels for aircraft. The aim is to use regenerative kerosene in Hamburg as soon as possible.
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