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The Cost of Carbon Offsets

THE COST OF CARBON OFFSETS As of 2012, all flights into or out of the European Union will be subject to regulations that require airlines to buy carbon offsets to compensate for the greenhouse gases emitted PARIS TO SAN FRANCISCO: 9,007 km - 2.47 tonnes CO, offset cost = €19.05 ($27.22) MOSCOW TO PARIS: 2,502 km = .83 tonnes CO, offset cost - €5.22 ($746)/ by their aircraft. The airlines' costs will probably be passed along to NEW YORK CITY TO PARIS: 5,835 km - 1.01 tonnes CO, passengers in the form of added fees. This infographic illustrates the additional cost (in euros offset cost - €8.33 ($11.90) BEIJING TO PARIS: 8,284 km - 2.74 tonnes CO, offset cost = €17.41 ($24.87) and US dollars) for a one-way ticket to various destinations. Note, however, that estimates vary: the chart below shows emissions PARIS TO RIO DE JANEIRO: PARIS TO CAIRO: and costs as calculated by five 9,102 km = 3.07 tonnes CO, offset cost = €19.53 ($27.90) 3,188 km = 1.08 tonnes CO, offset cost - €6.83 ($9.75) DELHI TO PARIS: different carbon-offset brokers. 6,624 km = 2.19 tonnes CO, offset cost - €13.96 ($19.94) For a one-way economy-class trip from Paris to. MOSCOW CAIRO NYC SYDNEY TO PARIS: DELHI 16,998 km = 5.68 tonnes CO, SF offset cost = €36.03 ($51.47) BEIJING RIO SYDNEY 4 3 15 30 45 60 75 90 CO, emissions per passenger (in tonnes) cost of carbon offsets (in euros) Data pertain to one passenger on a one-way, economy class, nonstop flight. Figures and pricing are from calculators at,,, and To ensure consistency, all calculations incorporate a Radiative Forcing Factor of 1.9, a figure recommended by the UK government agency DEFRA.

The Cost of Carbon Offsets

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Beginning in 2012, the EU mandated that air travelers pay extra fees to compensate for the greenhouse gases generated by their flights. Created in 2011, this graphical overview presents estimates of h...


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