Going Green: Can we make up for our carbon footprint if we board flights?

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Q: Is it okay if I book a flight and then reimburse it?

A: Now that overseas travel seems to be finally opening up after the pandemic, most of us are looking forward to a well-deserved vacation in the sun.

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I would like to be able to tell you that carbon offset your flight is a way to make it environmentally friendly.

However, I fear that in reality this can rarely be a viable alternative to not flying.

What is carbon offset?

This is a way to offset your carbon emissions by donating to a scheme designed to produce the equivalent CO2 reductions.

For example, a seat on a return flight from London to New York emits about 1.8 tons of CO2.

You can offset this by donating money to a reforestation project to fund the amount of tree planting needed to suck out 1.8 tons of emissions.

Online calculators – such as My Climate or – calculate the amount for you and offer relevant projects.

Really green?

Many environmentalists doubt the validity of carbon compensation.

As the spokesman of the European company “Transport and Environment” noted, it’s like claiming that you are on a diet and pay someone else to go to the gym for you.

After all, we need to drastically reduce our carbon emissions to keep our planet habitable.

Despite carbon offset, your flight still emits the same emissions.

Planting trees

Many carbon offset schemes fund tree planting as trees absorb carbon dioxide.

As long as the project inspires confidence, it’s fantastic.

But this is not a replacement for reducing the carbon footprint.

We can fight the climate crisis only if we protect nature and reduce emissions.

It is also good to know that the deadlines associated with carbon offsets and wood projects are long-term.

For example, a newly planted tree may take more than 20 years to capture the CO2 that the scheme promises.

Given the urgency of the climate crisis, this is not helping.

We have also seen that the spread of forest fires – from Australia to the Amazon – cannot guarantee that young trees contain carbon forever in a world of warming.


Most people who fly are relatively wealthy, while the people who already suffer the most from climate change live in poor countries.

There is an argument that carbon offsets are just a license to continue to pollute – while others suffer from the consequences.

Sure, it’s good to donate to an environmental project, but that doesn’t cancel out the damage from flying. Our best advice is to fly less.

A place of celebrity

Encouraged to do the right thing by his seven-year-old son, Simon Cowell is the latest celebrity to invest in electric cars.

Simon Cowell (photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

He was spotted arriving to audition for Britain’s Got Talent on a whimsical neon-green Renault Twizy, one of the cheapest EVs on the market. But the music mogul has a green car uniform. Last year he had a Porsche 911 worth £ 250,000, converted into an electric car company to order. He also owns an electronic bike, although he was very unlucky and twice managed to fall off it!

Green exchange

Swap a plastic bottle of detergent for a free eco-friendly subscription such as smol.

We recommend not to use plastic bottles (photo: jchizhe –

It turns out at 19p per wash. The cheapest options cost about 7 pensioners for washing, the most expensive – 30 pence. For the price it is somewhere in the middle.

The question is, will the energy crisis end soon?

Unfortunately, high electricity bills are here for a while.

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Ofgem has announced that from April, the energy price cap – the maximum amount a utility company can charge customers a year – will increase by a staggering 54 per cent to almost £ 2,000 for the average family.

This huge jump reflects the rising cost of gas in the international market.

Unfortunately, this is not a short-term brilliance. In October, Ofgem is expected to increase potentially by £ 400.

Accounts will continue to grow.

Why is it so bad in the UK?

In the UK, we rely on gas to heat 85 per cent of our homes and for a third of electricity production.

We also have one of the worst housing stock in Europe to conserve heat.

Our houses are leaking!

As a result, we are very prone to global fossil fuel prices.

State aid

All customers will receive a temporary reduction in their bills of £ 200.

This will be repaid in future accounts in installments of £ 40 over the next five years.

Those living in houses rated A to D for municipal tax reasons will receive a £ 150 discount on their bank account from local authorities.

In addition, vulnerable customers and those with low incomes should be able to access schemes to help pay for insulation costs.

They should also get a discount on a warm home.

If you are really worried, talk to your energy supplier.

Although keep in mind that call center employees will receive a lot of such requests.

Isolate Britain

We cannot control commodity prices, but we can avoid wasting energy and at the same time reduce the carbon footprint.

This is definitely one of those times where eco-friendly money saves.

Making your home more energy efficient will greatly reduce your bills.

One of the best things you can do is insulate your home.

Up to half of the heat in the house can escape through the roof, walls, windows and floor.

Everything needs to be insulated.

Additional information is available on the One Home or Energy Saving Trust websites.

The more insulated your home is, the warmer it will be in the winter.

Another advantage is that its value will grow.

Improving the facility’s energy efficiency rating could add an average of more than £ 16,000 to its selling price.

It makes sense to invest in insulation.

Fact or fiction

Most electric cars lack range. Not true!

Many on average exceed 200 miles on a single charge.

Norwegian startup Fresco has created an electric car that can travel 1000 km! As British car drivers on average drive less than 30 miles a day, the worry of distance is a thing of the past. Going Green: Can we make up for our carbon footprint if we board flights?

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