According to a study in 2018, 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions are due to tourism. Every year, the tourism sector is responsible for CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. The transport accounts for 22% of the total emissions. In 2019, a study by UNWTO and ITF concludes that transport-related emissions are expected to increase by at least 25% by 2030. Reducing these emissions is becoming urgent to develop sustainable tourism. In addition to transport, the entire sector must reinvent itself to achieve Climate Neutrality. Travelers are the first actors to be able to act in the reduction of their carbon footprint. To accompany them, Flockeo has developed a CO2 calculation application.
The CO2 calculator of Flockeo
This online application helps to both understand and calculate the CO2 emissions generated during a trip. The first step includes the country of residence, water and electricity consumption and the number of inhabitants in the accommodation. It is also possible to provide more precise data by adding food habits and vehicles. The second step is dedicated to the transportation used during the trip, airplanes, cars or public transport. The last step provides additional details on the length of stay, the choice of destination or the food during the trip. As the information is completed, the carbon footprint is indicated in real time at the top of the page. The calculator is accessible from all destinations.
The calculation was made on the basis of the European Environment Agency. Plane emission factor is estimated to be 285g CO2/per km .
The European Environment Agency provides sound, independent information on the environment for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public.
What is the amount of compensation related to CO2 quantity?
If you know the quantity of CO2 in tonnes that you want to compensate, to know the amount of compensation, you need to multiply your quantity in tonnes by 22.
For 5 tonnes, the amount of compensation will be 5 × 22 = 110 euros
Calculation basis GoodPlanet Foundation
Reducing CO2 emissions
Once the carbon footprint is calculated, there are solutions to reduce it. Energy sobriety is one of them. Choosing to travel less and less far away or even preferring the train to the car. The solutions to be found are also the responsibility of the tourism industry. They tend to offer services that consume less energy. An example is the electric car safaris in Tanzania. In addition to these solutions, you can compensate the residual part. For example, by helping communities to improve their living conditions or by participating in the improvement of environmental management. Carbon compensation makes it possible to act on the effects linked to incompressible CO2 that we cannot or do not yet know how to reduce satisfactorily. The principle is that carbon emitted somewhere can be offset by sequestering or reducing carbon elsewhere. There are many forestry projects around the world to sequester carbon.