FlyGRN works just like a regular flight ticket search engine. You go to our homepage. There you'll chooce an origin and destination airport and a departure date (and a return date if you chose a return flight). You can also enter the seat class, amount of persons you're traveling with and whether you'd like a direct flight. At the flight search result page you can compare flights on price, travel time, airline and amount of carbon offset.
When you'll book with one of our partners, we receive a fee. A part of that fees goes to FlyGRN, the rest goes to the carbon offset of your flight.
Unfortunately the aviation industry is excluded from the Paris Climate Agreement. Currently aviation account for two percent of the global CO2 emissions.
The amount of air travel passengers is expected to double in the next twenty year. Air travel technologies aren't keeping up with that growth. Therefore, it's expected that emissions in aviation will increase.
Also your flight contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. But there's a way to compensate for these emissions, namely by carbon offsetting.
While we also hope that electric planes and biofuel technologies will develop soon, it's expected that this will take a few years to decades. To reach climate goals, we should act now. And you can act now by reducing your emissions and offsetting the rest via FlyGRN!
Carbon offsetting works (Guardian) with a certain carbon offset scheme that allows individuals and companies to invest in environmental projects around the world in order to balance out their own carbon footprints.
To making sure that the carbon is really offset, several certification standards were developed to ensure that carbon is really offset correctly. FlyGRN uses the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS / VERRA)
Artist Alfio Bonanno and architect Christophe Cornubert created a demonstration of the volume of a metric tonne of CO2 (1.1 short tons), the amount an average person produces in a month. It was made up of a giant four-sided video projector and was floating on the lake in front of Copenhagen's Tycho Brahe Planetarium during the Convention on Climate Change. Thanks to Treehugger.
When reading about carbon offsetting you might read about carbon neutral air travel and climate neutral air travel. Although these concepts might look similar, they are different.
As one might know, a plane emits carbon. Emitting carbon at higher altitudes is expected to have higher carbon emissions, than when emitting on the ground. Since planes fly on higher altitudes, higher emissions factors need to be taken into consideration.
The exact factor is not certain yet, but the most renowned organizations, like the British government (DEFRA) and Dutch Milieucentraal.nl are advicing to take a multiplication factor of 1.9 into account.
That's why FlyGRN uses a factor of 1.9, to at least include some extra effects of carbon emissions at higher altitudes into account.
You can read more about it in the following article.