You asked, we delivered: you can now buy a Flight TerraPass to offset the carbon emissions from your air travel.
The Flight TerraPass comes in a variety of flavors, which you can match to your own level of emissions. For only $9.95 you can offset a cross-country flight or several short-haul flights. For $139.95 even modern-day Gullivers can fly guilt-free.
Every Flight TerraPass comes with a gift. For example, you can offset an entire lifetime of flying and receive a deluxe folding bicycle to take with you on your travels. More typically, you get a spiffy TerraPass luggage tag with your purchase. And if you don’t need the gift, you have the option of trading it for additional carbon reductions (and extra environmental mojo).
Here’s a mini-FAQ about the new product:
Why should I offset flight emissions?
Because air travel has a really big impact on the environment. On a per mile and per passenger basis, flying is about as bad as driving. Large jets burn a gallon of fuel every second. A cross-country flight burns about 100 gallons of fuel per passenger. And because the emissions are spewed high in the atmosphere, they have a more severe impact on global warming.
As society becomes more mobile, flying makes up an increasing proportion of our overall carbon footprint. Air travel already accounts for at least 4% of US carbon dioxide emissions, and is expected to grow to 10% over the next few years.
How can I figure out which Flight TerraPass is right for me?
Glad you asked that. Check out our handy flight emissions calculator, which allows you to quickly tally the emissions from a set of flights between any two points on the globe. Enter all your flights for the past year in a matter of seconds and see what your impact was. Then offset it.
How do you calculate the emissions from air travel?
The full details are here. Briefly, the TerraPass supercomputer figures out the distance between your origin and destination. Depending on the length of the flight, it then comes up with a per-mile carbon index. By multiplying the length of the flight by the carbon index, it is able to estimate your share of the flight’s emissions.
The carbon index is based on protocols developed by the World Resource Institute. It is only meant to provide an estimate. Actual per passenger carbon emissions depends on the type of plane, the distance flown, the plane’s occupancy rate, flying conditions, other factors.