How harmful is flying actually? How does that relate to your daily life? What can you do to emit less CO2 when out and about? What can you do at home? Answers to these and more questions that are pressing can be found in the article below.
By burning kerosene, aircraft emit CO2, with which they contribute to the greenhouse effect. Greenhouse gases cause global warming. If we do not reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, the earth will be a few degrees warmer by the end of this century. This has major consequences for the climate, nature and the health and safety of people.
In addition, several other substances are released, which have a big impact high above the earth's surface. Furthermore, flights lead to the formation of clouds; that contributes further towards a strong greenhouse effect.
A flight trip taxes the environment at least 7 to 11 times as much as the same journey by train. The difference is greatest when the travel distance is short (less than 700 kilometers).
Furthermore, a journey by flight contributes 2 to 4 times as much to the greenhouse effect as the same journey by car. Here too, the difference is greatest at short distances. The difference becomes smaller if the car has to tow a caravan or if there is only one person in the car.
In the case of a long journey, the flight to the destination accounts for most of the total CO2 emissions. The CO2 emissions of your transport and accommodation on site are limited, especially if you use small-scale, sustainable accommodations, eat in local restaurants and do not travel too many kilometers (as we generally do during our trips).
How much difference does the transportation you choose for your holiday make? To make this transparent, ‘’Milieu Centraal” has calculated the emissions for various means of transport when travelling to Nice in the south of France. The calculation example shows that you emit about 7 times as much greenhouse gas when you take the plane to Nice instead of the train. For comparison, the CO2 emissions of a flight to a distant holiday destination such as Thailand are also calculated. A flight to Thailand with 4 people causes 36 times more CO2 emissions than a train journey with 4 people to Nice. Difference in total greenhouse gas emissions from holiday transportation (kg).
Tips to reduce the environmental impact of flying
Once at the destination, camping is the least environmentally damaging (if you look at water consumption, energy consumption and waste). Hotels and holiday homes follow and do not differ much from each other. The more luxurious the holiday however, the greater the environmental impact. Pools, saunas and air-conditioners require a lot of energy. Finally, it is of course up to you what you do during your vacation. Swimming in the open water, snorkelling, hiking and mountain biking hardly cause any environmental impact but golf, safaris and all motorized activities such as skiing and jet skiing can seriously disrupt, damage and pollute nature and the environment.
Tips: use hotel towels more than once and do not shower for too long. In addition, just like at home: if you are not there, turn off the lights, television / radio, air conditioning and heating.
Maybe unnoticed but your trip contributes positively to:
CO2 emissions from an average household
This image shows how much CO2 an average household emits.
Watch a video of the klimaatklappers
With a few simple measures, you can prevent devices in the house unnecessarily consuming energy while you are on holiday.
Tips for departure
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