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The fossil fuel saved by your hotel’s solar panels is peanuts compared to the amount you burned while flying to your great escape. Two British airlines—Virgin Atlantic and First Choice—have taken steps to reduce and offset emissions, but there are...



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The fossil fuel saved by your hotel’s solar panels is peanuts compared to the amount you burned while flying to your great escape. Two British airlines—Virgin Atlantic and First Choice—have taken steps to reduce and offset emissions, but there are still few options for alternative transportation. Apart from conservation, today’s best solution is carbon-emissions offsets. According to a  recent study conducted by the Tufts Climate Initiative, these four offsets programs have the most accurate calculators and prices, and invest in the most effective projects.

PROGRAM NativeEnergy
BASED IN Vermont
WHAT Flights, buses, trains, and driving
PROJECTS Renewable energy projects, especially wind power on Native American reservations and methane-gas energy production facilities on family farms in the U.S.
PRICE PER TON OF CO2 $12

PROGRAM Atmosfair
BASED IN Germany
WHAT Flights
PROJECTS Renewable energy in the developing world, including solar power in India and South Africa, and methane entrapment in Thailand
PRICE PER TON OF CO2 $27

PROGRAM Climate Friendly
BASED IN Australia
WHAT Flights, driving, and conferences
PROJECTS Renewable energy in Australia and New Zealand
PRICE PER TON OF CO2 $22

PROGRAM Myclimate
BASED IN Switzerland
WHAT Flights, driving, and hotel stays
PROJECTS Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that contribute to sustainable development, including solar greenhouses in the Himalayas, wind farms in Madagascar, and biomass facilities in India
PRICE PER TON OF CO2 $33

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