Will you be travelling to Canada soon? Then you will probably be travelling by air. Before you book your flight and apply for your eTA Canada, take a moment to consider the impact your flight and journey will inevitably have on the environment. Travellers can choose to offset the CO₂ emissions of their flight by ticking this option when submitting an eTA Canada application.
CO₂ compensation when submitting your eTA Canada application
Travelling to Canada completely green is almost impossible. Just the fuel your car uses on the drive from your home to the airport or port contributes to CO₂ emissions. However, there are ways in which you can minimise the impact of your journey on the environment. First, it is advised taking a direct flight, although in many cases it is cheaper to book a flight with a stopover. A flight with a stopover often makes a diversion and also releases a larger amount of CO₂ due to multiple take-offs.
Another possibility to offset the CO₂ emissions of your flight is by supporting climate projects of an organisation such as GreenSeat, which aim to reduce CO₂ emissions. If you choose this option, you will be charged an amount based on the flight distance. You can choose to compensate the CO₂ emissions of your journey by ticking this option on the eTA form.
Projects of GreenSeat
The CO₂ compensation projects of GreenSeat have been set up to reduce the harmful CO₂ emissions caused by air travel by the same amount somewhere else in the world. According to external audits, the sustainable energy projects of GreenSeat meet the international requirements of VCS and Gold Standard, which means you can be sure that the amount of CO₂ emissions of your trip is actually compensated.
At the moment, GreenSeat has three projects running, two of which are in Africa and one in India. In Africa, bio digesters and charcoal ovens are being installed, and in India a wind farm is being realised. In this way, (sustainable) energy is also becoming more accessible for households there, which also improves their living conditions.
Responsible behaviour at the destination
Sustainable travel does not have to stop with the ticking of CO₂-compensation on your eTA application form. You can also make a contribution in the country itself by being considerate of nature and the local population. For example, choose the means of transport with the lowest emissions. Since Canada is a huge country, it is often impossible to reach a place on foot or by bicycle. The best thing to do then is to use public transport. It matters whether you rent a car or choose to take a bus or train that also carries other people. You can also support the local economy by shopping in local shops and visiting accommodations and restaurants run by locals. You can contribute by choosing a sustainable travel company, whose profits go to the population.