Turkish Airlines has launched a new programme, Co2mission, on August 1 to offset the carbon emissions caused by flights – from business trips by the company’s personnel, to allowing the environmentally-conscious customers to fly with peace of mind.
With numerous portfolio options for carbon offset such as renewable energy and forestation, passengers can choose to balance out the emissions of their flight by contributing their desired amount to the project portfolio of their choice and purchasing an emission reduction certification accredited by United Nations.
The passenger contributions will be used to support the projects accredited by Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Gold Standard.
Passengers are able to complete their carbon offset process, regardless of which airline they travelled with – all they require is their flight date information along with arrival-departure stations.
Using the platform, the carbon offset amount is calculated with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) methodology, which considers route length, aircraft type, fuel consumption and numerous other factors.
Ahmet Bolat, chairman of the board and executive committee, Turkish Airlines, stated: “We are continuing to take the initiative to combat climate change, which stands at the forefront of today’s global problems.
“The projects supported by the carbon offset programme will also show our heartfelt commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The decision to implement this programme is the result of our desire to conduct all our operations responsibly.”
The platform is available through Turkish Airlines’ website or directly through the Co2mission website.