Passengers from Bath and Somerset heading to Bristol Airport by road will have their journey’s carbon footprint offset, starting this year.
Bristol has become the first in Europe to offset all passenger journeys to and from the airport by road. The carbon offsetting scheme came into effect on Wednesday 1st January and forms part of the Airport’s Carbon Roadmap which was published last year.
Offsets will be purchased retrospectively based on an annual passenger survey showing the different modes of travel used by passengers.
The Environmental Effects Working Group of the Airport’s Consultative Committee, on which local communities and Airport users are represented, will play a role in selecting suitable offsetting schemes, with a focus on local projects where possible.
James Shearman, Head of Sustainability at Bristol Airport, said, “This commitment to offset carbon emissions from surface access recognises that environmental impacts reach beyond the boundary of the Airport. With airlines taking steps to reduce and offset carbon emissions it means many customer journeys could be carbon neutral from front door to final destination in 2020.”
In November easyJet, which operates more than 50 per cent of flights to and from Bristol Airport, became the first major airline to offset carbon emissions from fuel used by its aircraft.
Next year also sees the start of the Carbon Offsetting Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) – a global agreement to stabilise net carbon emissions from flights at 2020 levels.