OFFSET YOUR TRAVEL
Compensate for your flight's carbon emissions to and from Bologna Airport by supporting CO2-reducing climate projects around the world.
Enter your flight information to calculate and offset your travel footprint.
Your action counts
With aviation counting for at least 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions, it's important to recognize the impact travelling has on the environment. Bologna Airport and CHOOOSE have made it easy for you to ensure that the carbon emissions from your flight are being counted for and reduced via some of the best climate solutions around the world. Your offset contribution goes directly to supporting CO2-reducing projects that are verified by the most comprehensive and stringent international standards.
“The type of offsetting projects that is socialising and promoting represents the best standards of international emission reductions available today”
Manager, Global Climate Action at UNFCCC
The climate projects you support
When you offset your travel footprint with Bologna Airport you're supporting verified carbon-reducing projects, carefully selected by carbon professionals.
Myanmar is one of the largest deforestation contributors in the world. Most rural families in Myanmar are dependent on wood for cooking and heating, driving the price of wood up as the forest is disappearing, and pushing more and more families into energy poverty. Moreover, air pollution from cooking on open fire causes premature deaths.
This project enables access to affordable improved cooking stoves by replacing the conventional use of three-stone open fires with modern, fuel-efficient cookstoves. The modern cooking stoves reduce GHG emissions by lowering wood-burning and consumption. As much as 2.5 tonnes of wood is saved per year per household which also decreases household expenditure on fuel. The air pollution from open fire is significantly reduced, improving the health and safety of families.
- Enabling over 140,000 people to afford clean cooking technology
- Training 1,000 micro-entrepreneurs
- 60% less firewood required by each stove
- Each stove saves 2.5 tonnes of wood per year
- Reduced air pollution inside household kitchens improves the health and safety of the whole community
The Guacamaya program addresses the lack of electricity grid coverage in the rural and underdeveloped regions of the three Central American countries; Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua. Each project provides clean electricity, constructing and maintaining local infrastructure, creating job opportunities, introducing modern technology, and improving education in the areas.
The project has a strict policy of causing minimum environmental impacts in the surrounding areas. Reforestation and afforestation activities have been implemented as well as social and environmental education and activity programs.
- Annual reduction of 40,000 tonnes CO2e.
- Creation of 74 full-time jobs for men and women in rural regions.
- Generation and distribution of 75,000 MWh of clean energy to rural, underdeveloped regions.
- Enhance the local investment and business environment with access to stable electricity supply, and thereby improves the local economy.
- Electrification of an educational center in the community of El Salto, Honduras, enables the school to conduct computer classes.
The national electrical grid in Costa Rica has greatly expanded in recent years, with further investment in diesel generation facilities planned.
This project in the Los Santos region generates clean electricity and displaces the emissions which would be generated by other power plants connected to the national electrical grid. It is also the first wind power project to be developed in Costa Rica by a rural electrification cooperative.
As one of the country's windiest regions, Los Santos is located in the south of the capital San José in the rugged mountain ranges of Costa Rica where most people work in agriculture and cattle raising.
While generating clean electricity, the project aims to achieve sustainable and economic development by supporting the local communities in improving infrastructure as well as to educate the population on sustainable energy consumption, climate change, and biodiversity.
- Avoiding more than 11,000 tonnes of CO2e annually.
- Supporting local community development through the Communal Participation Program including activities for local infrastructure, education, and sustainable development initiatives.
- Facilitating workshops for children and students on environmental education, focusing on renewable energy, climate change, and waste recycling.
- Creation of 6 skilled technical full-time jobs and an additional 14 indirect jobs in the rural region for men and women.
In Cambodia, untreated water and poor sanitation cause diarrhoea and deaths, mostly in rural areas among children under the age of five. Although boiling water helps reduce exposure to water-borne diseases, the indoor air pollution created by wood fires leads to serious respiratory and heart problems. This fuel use also significantly contributes to Cambodia’s increasing rate of deforestation.
The project is providing access to clean, safe drinking water to rural Cambodian communities by locally produced ceramic water purifiers. With a filter in their homes, families no longer need to boil their water to make it safe. This reduces indoor air pollution from wood burning, slashes household fuel costs, and protects Cambodia’s vulnerable forests.
- 90,000 tonnes of CO₂e saved per year
- 300,000+ filters distributed providing clean water to nearly two million Cambodians
- 74% of those who previously boiled water report less exposure to smoke
- 5 hectares of Cambodia’s forest protected per year
Trusted climate action
Meet Bologna Airport's climate partner CHOOOSE, a climate technology company that is headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Together with its ecosystem of industry partners and individual supporters, the CHOOOSE platform is accelerating access and adoption of climate solutions across a range of key technologies.
How flight offsetting works
A carbon footprint is defined by the emissions of greenhouse gases associated with any specific activity or transaction. The carbon footprint of aviation is primarily made of CO2 emissions. Due to the wide range of activities involved and the fuel required, commercial aviation has a carbon footprint accounting for at least 2% of global human-induced CO2 emissions. Due to the constraints of current aircraft technology, all commercial flying today has an unavoidable carbon footprint.
Carbon offsetting is a climate action that enables individuals and organizations to address the CO2 emissions they cannot avoid by supporting projects - like clean-energy producing wind farms or forestry projects - that verifiably reduce, capture, or avoid a proportional amount of CO2 emissions. Said another way, carbon offsetting enables travelers to balance the carbon emissions released as a result of their travelling.
Flight calculations are calculated as a result of fuel burn, passenger load, cargo load, and an adjustment to account for adverse climate impact beyond carbon dioxide (such as nitrous gas and formation of contrails). The calculations are performed at various precision levels:
- By-route is based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) route average emissions.
- Flight number is the most precise, applying specific fuel burn and passenger and cargo load factors for your flight (in line with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) methodology.
Bologna Airport and CHOOOSE are taking into account the full climate impact (Radiative Forcing; RF) of a flight in our offsetting program, not just the CO2 emissions from burning fuel. One of the more significant radiative forcing effects of aviation is caused by the contrail clouds that forms behind an aircraft when it reaches a certain altitude. Like regular cirrus clouds, contrail clouds trap heat radiating from the earth's surface, causing warming in the air below. They form in air altitudes above 25,000 feet when the air is moist and colder than -40 degrees Celsius. While CO2 accumulates in the atmosphere and has a long-lasting effect, contrails last for a matter of hours at most, and their warming impact is temporary. The impact from radiative forcing is estimated to 1.9 of the exhaust-only emissions (Ref. UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) and is automatically calculated and included in your offset. The fact that we include radiative forcing is why the price of a Bologna Airport offset in some cases can be slightly higher than you get with other offset providers that only account for the CO2 emissions.
When travellers offset their carbon footprint, funds are applied to help support projects that reduce, capture, or avoid carbon emissions in an amount equivalent to that of their calculated carbon footprint. All of the funds are applied directly to the projects, with a small remaining portion used for standard administration and support services from Bologna Airport's climate partner CHOOOSE; this fee is €0.70 per transaction, and this helps to cover CHOOOSE running costs.
Carbon offsetting is performed through the purchase and retirement of third-party verified carbon credits, which are units of emission reduction used in voluntary offsetting programs. The carbon credits made available to Bologna Airport are called Verified Emission Reduction (VER) units, certified by the Verified Carbon Standard. VCS is a voluntary program where projects are issued credits known as Verified Carbon Units or VCUs, each equivalent to 1 tonne of CO2e. Due to transaction minimums, travellers will typically offset more than their calculated footprint — but never less. The offset price that the traveller pays is the total cost to deliver the verified offset.
Projects certified by the Verified Carbon Standard and by the Gold Standard must adhere to the principle of “additionality”. This means that the projects are being realized as a result of the funding. In other words, travellers are not supporting a project that would have been carried out anyway. All projects that CHOOOSE makes available to Bologna Airport's travellers are subject to ongoing and regular monitoring, reporting, and auditing to ensure that they remain in compliance with international standards and operational best practices.
To guarantee that your offset has a climate-positive impact, Bologna Airport has partnered with climate-focused technology company CHOOOSE. From its base in Oslo, Norway, CHOOOSE delivers a platform that enables both individuals and organizations to easily connect with the best CO2e reducing climate projects around the world. Through its API for climate impact, CHOOOSE programmatically calculates your travel footprint and provides you with the option to seamlessly offset your journey through trusted climate projects.