Sustainable aviation. What can you do?

The aviation sector is taking several measures to reduce the CO₂ emissions of your flight and to meet the demands of the Paris Agreement. But you can make a contribution too. Here are 6 tips to reduce the amount of CO₂ produced by your journey.

Tip 1. Travel by train within Europe

Did you know that you can also easily take the train for distances up to 700 km? Rail travel has less of an environmental impact than flying at these distances. There are trains to Antwerp, Brussels, London and various destination in Germany from Schiphol and many other train stations.

Tip 2. Opt for carbon offsetting

You can offset the CO₂ emissions of your flight by investing in sustainable energy or tree planting projects. You can do this while buying your ticket or through organisations specialised in this field.

Tip 3. Fly as directly as possible

Choose a direct flight or one that is as direct as possible. Transfers often involve flying indirect routes and therefore more carbon emissions. And did you know that taking off and landing once less saves on a lot of CO₂?

Tip 4. Make an informed choice of airline

Find out what an airline does in terms of sustainability before you book. Some do more than others and you can read about the measures they take on their websites. For example, they may limit the use of single use plastics, blend biofuel or conduct carbon offsetting.

Tip 5. Travel light

Only take what you really need when travelling. Less baggage means a lighter aircraft. As a result, less kerosene is needed and carbon emissions are reduced.

Tip 6. Travel to Schiphol sustainably

Of course it’s nice to get picked up from or dropped off at the airport, but that does mean more car milage. And that can be easily avoided because Schiphol is well connected by public transport. Trains run on green energy and an increasing number of buses in the region run on electricity. If you do decide to come by car, you can rent a shared car, take an electric taxi or drive your own (electric) vehicle to Schiphol and park it there.

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