Meet Copolo’s climate partner CHOOOSE, a climate technology company that is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.
Together with its ecosystem of industry partners and individual supporters, the CHOOOSE platform is accelerating access and adoption of climate solutions across a range of key technologies – from nature-based solutions to carbon removal to Sustainable Aviation Fuel.
A carbon footprint is defined by the emissions of greenhouse gases associated with any specific activity or transaction. The carbon footprint of travelling is primarily made of CO2 emissions from flights, accommodation, and ground transportation. Because of the wide range of activities involved and the fuel required, commercial aviation has a carbon footprint accounting for at least 2% of global human-induced CO2 emissions. Due to the constraints of current aircraft technology, all commercial flying today has an unavoidable carbon footprint.
Carbon offsetting is a climate action that enables individuals and organizations to address the CO2 emissions they cannot avoid by supporting projects - like clean-energy producing wind farms or forestry projects - that verifiably reduce, capture, or avoid a proportional amount of CO2 emissions. Said another way, carbon offsetting enables travelers to balance the carbon emissions released as a result of their traveling.
Flight calculations are calculated as a result of fuel burn, passenger load, cargo load, and an adjustment to account for adverse climate impact beyond carbon dioxide (such as nitrous gas and formation of contrails).
The calculations are performed at various precision levels:
Accommodation calculations are based on the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Greenhouse gas reporting conversion factors.
Train emissions are using Google Maps as the engine to compute route distances, and the emission factors are from the European Environment Agency: average rail emissions in the EU per passenger-km (2014, published 2017).
Bus emissions are using Google Maps as the engine to compute route distances, and emission factors are from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Greenhouse gas reporting: conversion factors.
Car calculations are based on the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) when available, with a fallback on correlating WLT New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). For electric cars, the average grid emission density per country is used. Source database: European Environment Agency (EEA).
When travelers offset their carbon footprint, funds are applied to help support projects that reduce, capture, or avoid carbon emissions in an amount equivalent to that of their calculated carbon footprint. All of the funds are applied directly to the projects, with a small remaining portion used for standard administration and support services from CHOOOSE. Carbon offsetting is performed through the purchase and retirement of third-party verified carbon credits, which are units of emission reduction used in voluntary offsetting programs. Each carbon credit corresponds to 1000 kg of CO2. The carbon credits made available to Lonely Planet is called Verified Emission Reduction (VER) units, certified by the Verified Carbon Standard, and Certified Emissions Reduction (CER) units, certified by the Gold Standard and United Nations CDM. Due to transaction minimums, travelers will typically offset more than their calculated footprint — but never less. The offset price that the traveler pays is the total cost to deliver the verified offset.
Projects certified by the Verified Carbon Standard and by the Gold Standard must adhere to the principle of “additionality”. This means that the projects are being realized as a result of the funding. In other words, travelers are not supporting a project that would have been carried out anyway. The carbon credits are funding additional carbon mitigation. Often, projects are not financially attractive to investors without the sale of these carbon credits and would therefore not materialize. All projects that CHOOOSE™ make available to travelers are subject to ongoing and regular monitoring, reporting, and auditing to ensure that they remain in compliance with these standards and operational best practices.
Copolo is all about changing the way we travel. With simple steps, travelers can ensure that the carbon emissions from their booking are accounted for and reduced. By nature, travel is not a sustainable activity, which is why we’ve partnered up with CHOOOSE to help create small changes that will lead to more meaningful impact. By bringing travelers the opportunity to offset the carbon emissions produced from their journey, we hope to ignite a spirit of change in how we choose and book travel.
One small choice can have lasting impact, and together we can begin to uncover the potential for greater impact collectively. This is just the beginning, and our commitment is to continue to seek improvement in how we explore and interact with our planet. We hope that by sharing and spreading knowledge, we can help to shape a global culture where we learn from one another.