A Korean Air jet lands at a heavily polluted Hong Kong International Airport. Carbon offsetting schemes allow airlines to invest in environmental projects to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions flights generate. Photo: Sam Tsang

Climate change and flying: the best airline carbon offset schemes, and how to turn ‘flight shame’ into action

  • Carbon offsetting schemes allow people and companies to invest in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions to compensate for their carbon footprints
  • Major airlines have announced carbon offsets and targets for net-zero-carbon flights, but which have the best schemes? And what lifestyle changes can you make?
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A Korean Air jet lands at a heavily polluted Hong Kong International Airport. Carbon offsetting schemes allow airlines to invest in environmental projects to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions flights generate. Photo: Sam Tsang
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Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead is a freelance journalist who worked on staff at the SCMP before editing Discovery magazine. She is the author of two Hong Kong crime books - After Suzie and Hong Kong Murders - and fully intends that the next book she writes will be less grizzly.