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Flying Greener: Tips for Sustainable Event Travel

Sustainable flying tips for event planners

Greening the skies: sustainable flying strategies for event travel

In an era where sustainability is becoming increasingly paramount, event planners are facing growing pressure to reduce the environmental footprint of their gatherings. While the trend of ‘slow travel’ by train gains momentum and is now seen as a viable option for MICE groups in Europe, for many, flying remains a necessity. Several renewable approaches are in the pipeline but producing sustainable aviation fuel at scale is a challenge. So for now,  it’s up to us to limit our impact as best we can. Here’s how to do it you have to fly to your event destination.

10 tips for minimising your carbon footprint while flying to events
If You Have to Fly

Let’s face it: whilst the aviation industry still heavily relies on fossil fuels, flying is inherently unsustainable. However, until the industry transitions to cleaner technologies, there are ways to minimise the environmental impact of air travel.

1. Choose Economy Class: Opting for economy over first-class can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. First-class tickets emit approximately four times as much carbon as economy seats. Additionally, flying with budget airlines that offer only one class of travel can further decrease emissions due to higher load factors.

2. Opt for Direct Flights: Connecting flights contribute more emissions due to takeoff and landing. By choosing direct flights whenever possible, you can reduce the overall carbon footprint of your journey.

3. Combine Overland Connections: Once you’ve arrived at your destination, consider alternatives to domestic flights. Mixing and matching air travel with overland connections, such as trains or buses, can significantly reduce emissions.

4. Pack Light: Every pound counts when it comes to fuel efficiency. If we all packed light and reduced weight, you can decrease the amount of fuel needed for your flight.

5. Choose Modern Aircraft: Newer aircraft are more fuel-efficient and produce fewer emissions. According to Airbus, CO2 emissions from aircraft built today are 80% lower than those from the 1970s.

6. Consider Aircraft Size: Opt for standard single-aisle or small twin-aisle aircraft over very small or very large planes, which tend to be less efficient.

7. Research Airline Efficiency: Not all airlines are created equal when it comes to sustainability. Look for carriers with a commitment to reducing emissions and environmental impact. The International Council on Clean Transportation suggests avoiding less efficient airlines in favor of more eco-conscious options.

8. Support ‘Greener’ Airlines: Many airlines are making strides towards sustainability, from reducing waste to offering vegan and vegetarian meal options. Support these initiatives by choosing airlines with strong commitments to environmental stewardship.

9. Use Green Flight Tools: Tools like Skyscanner’s Greener Choices can help you identify flights with lower emissions, allowing you to make more sustainable travel decisions.

10. Make Every Trip Count: Finally, make your flying habits more sustainable by taking fewer trips and ensuring each journey serves a meaningful purpose. Scrutinise your choice of destination to minimise environmental harm while maximising the impact of your event.

Here at Evolve Events we champion sustainable travel options and handpick sustainable destinations that offer unique experiences while prioritising responsible practices that align with event planning needs. If you’d like to our help to sourcing a sustainable destination or venue just get in touch with the Evolve Events team today.

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