Offset Your Flying & Travel Carbon Emissions
Use the calculators below for any combination of travel offset. Mix and match to meet your need.
Offset Air Travel
Enter your tonnes.
How is this calculated?
Cool Effect Flight Emission Calculator
Cool Effect harnessed the EPA’s most recently established emission factor data (2018) and approximated flight lengths from credible online sources. In order to estimate the total metric tonnage of greenhouse gas emissions per flight, Cool Effect chose to combine emissions of carbon dioxide (1:1), methane (25:1) and nitrous oxide (298:1) and adjust for the distinct global warming potential of each gas.
Cool Effect then applied these values over three different flight-length categories: Short, Medium and Long Haul. The purposeful inclusion of methane and nitrous oxide distinguishes this Flight Emissions Calculator from other sources, which often include solely carbon dioxide in their calculations.
Rounded to the nearest 0.01 tonnes, the Cool Effect Flight Emissions Calculator is meant to provide the environmentally-conscious flyer with sound knowledge on which to base each decision to offset.
While the Cool Effect Flight Emissions Calculator is one viable resource, there are many other credible emission calculators out there to explore, such as ICAO’s Flight Calculator, Virgin Atlantic’s Carbon Neutral Calculator, or the TerraPass Carbon Footprint Calculator. Each source will likely result in slightly different emissions estimates due to the host of responsible assumptions that must be made when considering the impacts of air travel.
By selecting a length of flight and purchasing carbon credits equivalent to its estimated emissions, you are helping to compensate for the effect your flight has on the planet. More than 90% of your donation goes to support the 14 projects listed on the Cool Effect platform that reduce or prevent emissions.
At the end of the day, the idea is simple: Do what you can, anything that keeps the planet cooler helps! If your flight length falls between two options, Cool Effect humbly challenges you to round up! Clearly, the planet is heating up and Mother Earth appreciates every tonne that helps to keep her cool!
How is this Calculated?
Cool Effect Vehicle Emission Calculator
With both individuals and clients increasingly interested in reducing their carbon footprints related to vehicle usage, Cool Effect designed a calculator to estimate and offset the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by different types of vehicles. Detailed vehicle emission calculators exist in many places online where users enter the make, model, year, engine size, and drive type of their car or truck, but the level of data input required to reach a simple footprint is overwhelming.
The calculator categorizes vehicle usage using two simplifying key principles: 1) transparency about the design of the technical work, including assumptions and key variables, 2) conservatively overestimating rather than underestimating the GHG emissions from the vehicle usage using EPA data as a basis.
The calculator uses two data entries:
- User data entry
This is a clear display of the overall footprint for vehicle usage by category, class, and mileage.
This calculator requires three simple inputs:
Step One: Is the vehicle is light duty or heavy duty?
Step Two: What class of vehicle?
Step Three: The annual mileage of the vehicle in question?
The first distinction is made between light duty and heavy-duty vehicles.
• Light duty vehicles include all cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks. This category includes any vehicle that can be purchased at a dealership.
• Heavy duty vehicles include buses, commercial trucks, motorhomes, delivery vans, and transit vehicles. These will all be detailed further in the subsequent sections.
The user then chooses what class of vehicle is being footprinted—e.g., a compact, a minivan, a mid size sedan/wagon, etc. These classes are chosen based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) data. The calculator has associated emission factors for each of these.
The user enters the annual mileage.
Result: The calculator outputs the footprint in tonnes of CO2 per year.
Embedded in the calculator is a data reference which is the main formula of the calculator. The calculator uses a function to return an emission factor when the frontend inputs a certain vehicle class. The emission factors are calculated with the knowledge that the combustion of a gallon of gasoline produces 8,878 g CO2; a gallon of diesel fuel produces 10,084 g CO2 when burnt. Heavy-duty vehicles are assumed to burn diesel fuel. Light-duty vehicles are assumed to burn gasoline. (Note: although there are a few select diesel-burning cars on the market, when calculating fleet averages from the EPA vehicle database, the difference is insignificant.) The fuel economy figures come from the following sheets.
How is this calculated?
Cool Effect Hotel Footprint Calculator
The worksheet takes in several different user variables and static factors to arrive at an estimate of the footprint. Users are asked to enter:
- Number of guests
- Number of meals provided per attendee
The tool uses factors for the resource use elements of the guest’s stay, including emissions from meals, beverages, waste, and rooming, based on research done for a large client in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Meal emission factor
- Beverage emission factor
- Waste emission factor
- Hotel emission factor
The emission intensity of electricity generation varies widely by location, which may have significant bearing on the footprint of accommodations.
How is this calculated?
Cool Effect Cruise Emission Calculator
This calculator uses a statistical relationship between cruise ship passenger capacity and fuel consumption based on statistics from several large ships. The user inputs the journey length in miles and the passenger capacity of the ship to arrive at their per-passenger footprint for the journey.
90%+ Directly to Projects
More than 90% of each dollar you donate goes directly to helping our projects, with a small fee of only 9.87% to help us cover credit charges, research, and possible registration fees.
Here’s a breakdown:
- 1.5% Research Fee
- 2–4% Credit Card Fee
- Registry Fee (where applicable)
- Remainder for Cool Effect Administration Fee
Who is Cool Effect?
Cool Effect works with the world’s best carbon-reducing projects, giving people an easy way to effectively fight climate change. Combining science and transparency, The Cool Effect Model allows individuals to verifiably reduce carbon emissions and help transform communities around the world.
Travel Offset : What are Carbon Offset Flights?
Carbon offset flights are one of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint when traveling. Travel offsets are voluntary programs that allow travelers to compensate for the amount of carbon dioxide their flight puts out with a reduction of the same amount through environmental action.
Today, many travelers are unaware that these types of programs even exist, but they are becoming more popular each year because of the increasing awareness of the damage that flights have on the environment.
Carbon offsets for air travel have gotten some negative publicity because of shady practices by for-profit companies. Still, if you choose a certified and reputable provider like Cool Effect, you can rest assured that more than 90% of your contribution will go directly to one of our meticulously-chosen causes.
How Can You Carbon Offset Your Flights?
One of the best things about carbon offsets for flying is how straightforward and easy to use they have become. Instead of spending a lot of time trying to figure out how much to contribute, where to contribute to, and whether it’s worth it, you can now buy carbon offsets for travel offsets through Cool Effect.
Our programs are designed to directly impact the environment positively, reducing the carbon footprint around the world, and compensating for the amount of carbon your flights emit.
Because airplanes produce not only CO2 but also various other gasses that contribute to global warming, buying carbon offsets is one of the most effective ways to compensate for air travel, which is still an unavoidable part of life for many people around the world.
How Does Travel Offsetting Work?
Travel offsets work using a simple principle: for every gram of CO2 released into the atmosphere, you contribute to a cause that reduces it somewhere else. While some naysayers try to talk about how the program does nothing to change people’s habits, the argument doesn’t hold up. For many people, air travel is an unavoidable part of work or seeing their loved ones. As such, travel offsets allow them to at least reduce the harm created and is a step in the right direction, at the very least.
Whether it’s through reforestation programs, initiatives towards renewable energy, or even conservation efforts, travel offsets make real change, which is much better than doing nothing.
How Are Travel Offsets Calculated?
Figuring out how much to contribute to achieving carbon-neutral flights is not easy on your own. Luckily, Cool Effect has a convenient travel offset calculator that makes the process as simple as possible.
Using the travel offset calculator, you select how long your flight is and how many trips you are planning. Then, the calculator will provide you with an accurate estimate of how many tonnes of CO2 you have directly contributed.
It will also show you how many carbon offsets you have to buy to nullify the damage, making travel offset one of the easiest ways to make a personal contribution towards bettering the environment.
How Much Does Travel Offset Cost
The exact amount of how much travel offset cost depends on numerous factors. For one thing, every program has its own number based on how much it costs to reduce the same amount and how effective the provider is at lowering administrative costs.
As mentioned before, some travel offset providers are for-profit, which means that they can sometimes inflate the costs associated with the donation, reducing the percentage that goes towards positive change.
But when you work with Cool Effect, you don’t have to worry about any of that. Our travel offsets are some of the most cost-effective on the market, with over 90% of the contribution going directly to the programs.
Right now, each tonne of CO2 that is released on your flight is valued at $8.37, and you can determine the exact amount by using our convenient travel offset calculator.
Our Travel Offset Carbon Projects
At Cool Effect, we have a rigorous process for handpicking the most worthy carbon projects to finance through our travel offset contributions. Some of the programs that we support include fighting to turn forest destruction into reforestation, conservation efforts in some of the world’s most troubled areas, and helping protect vital habitats that help keep the earth cooler.
So, while we can’t say exactly how many trees to offset a flight in your situation, you can rest assured that we work tirelessly to ensure that every dollar you contribute is spent towards causes that make the biggest difference.
Why Work With Cool Effect To Offset Travel
Carbon offset flights are one of the best ways to make a positive contribution towards our planet, compensating for the pollution caused by travel
If you want to learn more about our carbon offset programs or how you can contribute, contact us today, and we’ll guide you through the entire process.