Airlines : Making Carbon Balancing

2992 Words Mar 23rd, 2015 12 Pages
Airlines offering carbon balancing
1 Introduction
Aviation involves a range of activities that generate CO2 and other greenhouse gases, with passenger flight operations being the largest cause of the emission. Other sectors than the flight operation itself include manufacturing of aircraft and their components and maintenance, ground handling operation, transportation to and from airports and airport facilities, including retail outlets. To make the impact aviation has smaller, many airlines offer carbon balancing to their customers, so the customer can neutralize his or her emission proportion of a particular journey.
Carbon balancing is voluntary for the customer, as they pay an extra fee when booking their flight ticket in proportion to their emission, which then goes to environmental companies the airlines have contracts with. The operation of these companies varies, from planting trees to operating windmills. Although carbon balancing is not a cure for climate change it can reduce the impact of emission, and help raise awareness of the issue.
This paper will cover the issues leading to airline carbon balancing, how the process works and if it truly is successful or not, that is if customers really are buying this with their ticket. Finally this paper will talk about alternative methods to lower CO2 emission, such as bio-fuel, winglets and newer, more environmental friendly planes.

2 What is carbon balancing?
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