Our Answers to Your Questions About CarbonFreeTravel

Our Answers to Your Questions About CarbonFreeTravel

How do I know that your solution works?

CarbonFreeTravel is by no means perfect. However, it's a good and effective solution for the following reasons.

 

We invest only in those offsets that have been independently certified according to the world's two most respected and rigorous standards: Gold Standard and United Nations' CDM (Clean Development Mechanism). These two standards ensure, among many other things, that a) these green energy projects would have never been implemented without support from people like you (the principle of Additionality), b) they indeed substitute electricity from dirty sources such as coal with green electricity from wind, sun and water, and c) these projects not only save the planet, but also bring jobs and economic development to local communities.

Why don't you create your own green energy projects?

Building a wind farm or a run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plant, and then getting it certified by Gold Standard or CDM is a very complex process. We would like to leave this daunting task to the professionals, and focus solely on our app.

Don't you think that your app will only encourage more air travel?

That is possible. We completely agree.

 

However, it can also make people more aware of their transportation habits. There are many very, very good people who cycle to work, love ecolabels, recycle etc, but who still fly a lot without even thinking about it. CarbonFreeTravel will make flying a more conscious decision. And that can be the first step towards wiser transportation choices.     

I already pay taxes on my plane tickets. Isn't this money spent on offsetting my flight?

No. All of these taxes are either spent on aviation-related purposes or go to respective governments' national budgets. There is not a single country in the world where offsetting your flight is obligatory. 

Volcanoes emit much more CO2 than humans. Fighting "climate change" makes no sense!

Oh, let's ask the experts: the US Geological Survey (USGS).

 

According to USGS, "the world’s volcanoes, both on land and undersea, generate about 200 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, while our automotive and industrial activities cause some 24 billion tons of CO2 emissions every year worldwide. Despite the arguments to the contrary, the facts speak for themselves: Greenhouse gas emissions from volcanoes comprise less than one percent of those generated by today’s human endeavors."

 

Nuff said.