How Co2 influences the travel sector2020-06-30 – 2 min read
In case that your holiday and travel plans have been stalled by the corona virus, carbon accounting is probably not at the forefront of your considerations at all. Not even 1% of travellers have offset their carbon footprint before the travel restrictions triggered by the Corona pandemic came into effect.
We know that researchers have to take the atmosphere into their own hands.
However, amidst the expectation that the reduction in global CO2 emissions recorded during the Corona shutdowns may be short-lived and that the financial impact of the infection may facilitate efforts to reduce avionics emissions in the long term, deliberate carbon offsetting appears to be a higher priority than ever before in recent times, as the universal travel industry returns to its old strength.
Another form of carbon offsetting could be the increase of investment in research travel.
The rise of carbon offsetting technology
As a result of the 1997 Kyoto atmosphere talks, carbon accounting has long been struggling with an image problem. Accounting plans allow individuals to put resources into ecological ventures aimed at sequestering carbon (e.g. planting trees) or preventing emissions, but the lack of guidelines and responsibility in the "good old days" has fuelled widespread doubts about their appropriateness.
More recently, the rapidly spreading fires that have struck Australia, California and the Amazon have exacerbated the problems associated with ranger-based accounting plans (when a tree consumes, it discharges its entire carbon stock into the environment). The difficulty is what most carbon offsetting programs accurately measure (for example, it is difficult to verify the amount of runoff that is offset when you add to a perfect stove project a vitality productivity activity that is usually supported by offsetting associations).
While most climate scientists agree that a portfolio of carbon dioxide removal solutions is needed to reverse global warming, this technology has emerged as a particularly promising approach because of the efficiency and measurability of DAC with permanent storage combined with its minimal physical footprint and negligible environmental impact. Now the movement has joined a new permanent carbon offset platform, aimed at travellers, created in partnership with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) to help offset the whopping 8% of global emissions that the international travel industry is responsible for.
That are only some examples how und who is trying to help us getting the world greener and cleaner.