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Changing habits 'better than carbon offsetting'

26 January 2009 08:34

Changing habits 'better than carbon offsetting'

It would be more beneficial to the environment if travellers changed their holiday habits, rather than becoming involved in carbon offsetting.

That is the opinion of the Campaign for Better Transport, which has suggested that flying less may often be more beneficial than offsetting carbon emissions.

The organisation asserted that once carbon dioxide is released from a plane "no amount of carbon offsetting will take that carbon dioxide back".

As such, it advised holidaymakers and business travellers to consider "taking real and appropriate action" rather than "salvage their consciences".

Jason Torrance, campaigns director at the Campaign for Better Transport, said: "The reality for many people is that they are able to justify their carbon intensive behaviour more regularly to themselves if they carbon offset and that's simply a delusion.

"We need to realise that virtually everything we do has an impact so we need to think very carefully before engaging in those activities."

Recently a poll conducted by Expedia revealed that many people are confused by carbon offsetting, with roughly ten per cent of those questioned admitting that they thought it meant walking to work instead of driving. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18750381-ADNFCR