Compensate your flying habits

If you want to keep flying …

Air traffic is especially harmful to the environment. According to myclimate a flight from Zurich to Barcelona emits 408 kilograms of CO2; a flight from Zurich to Vancouver 3131 kg-CO2. What do we need to change daily to compensate the emissions of this flight?

To help with the calculation, it’s possible to visit the website eingutertag.org, in which its shown the number of “climate points” generated by different consumption habits, like eating, heating, electricity, mobility, etc. For example, the round trip Zurich-Vancouver measures 16,616 km, representing 81.858 “climate points”. Compensating its CO2 emissions requires among other things, reduce or quit meat consumption, use public transportation or bicycle, savings daily household energy consumption, etc.

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Some cars pollute much more than trucks

Another trick from the automobile industry?

Despite having the same exhaust system, some diesel cars emit more than twice nitrogen oxide than a trailer of 18 tons. And besides, it is legal. This is the case of Mercedes “C 220 CDI” with a nitrogen oxide emission of 643 mg/km compared to 250 mg/km from the cargo truck “Actros 1848”.

The reason is that to get the truck’s permission of use, a test under real conditions is carried out. By contrast, for the automobile the permission is gotten only by fulfilling theoretical values obtained from the laboratory.

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