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British Airways offers new offsetting options for passengers

27 Oct 2022 by Tom Otley
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British Airways is launching improved carbon offsetting options for both individual and corporate customers.

The new platform is the same as that used by fellow IAG airline – Iberia

Iberia launches carbon offset programme

The CO2llaborate programme is in partnership with climate tech company CHOOOSE .

The airline describes is as “an evolution…featuring more precise emissions calculations and a new adjustable slider to give customers more control over the amount of SAF versus verified carbon offsets they wish to purchase.”

Customers can calculate their estimated impact on the environment and choose to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to reduce their emissions, or purchase carbon offsets from certified climate projects.

The SAF available on the CO2llaborate platform comes from the Phillips 66 plant in Humberside, which uses waste cooking oil as the feedstock. The SAF is delivered to British Airways via existing pipeline infrastructure that feeds directly into London Heathrow as part of the airline’s multiyear partnership with Phillips 66.

The new platform enables customers to offset the flights before, during or after their journey. It also offers more precise emissions calculations than the previous calculator, and gives customers more control over the amount of SAF versus verified carbon offsets they wish to purchase.

As well as being able to offset their flights before flying, Individual customers can also do so during the flight using the aircraft’s wifi portal (if fitted).

Any donations will go to carbon mitigation projects including a rainforest protection project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and an energy-efficient cookstove project in Nigeria in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The new adjustable slider feature allows customers to have more control over where their climate contribution goes, enabling them to choose how much SAF or verified carbon offsets they want to invest in by selecting any percentage of carbon offsets with sustainable aviation fuel.

SAF is far more expensive than the offsetting projects. As an example, flying to Hong Kong in business class would currently cost £99 in offsets for the return journey.

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If 100 per cent SAF is chosen, the cost rises to £677.

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For corporate customers, the CO2llaborate platform will also offer a dedicated climate programme for companies to measure, reduce and manage the carbon emissions associated with their business flying.

Corporate customers will get access to a dashboard that shows the CO2 emissions generated from their business travel and receive monthly emissions reports. Companies will then be able to select how to address their carbon emissions by selecting specific climate solutions ranging from purchasing SAF to contributing to certified carbon offset projects. The platform enables users to track and report on their climate impact over time and learn about the climate solutions they are supporting.

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