Singapore's Changi Airport allows air passengers to offset carbon emissions

By Hoang Phong   November 14, 2023 | 04:57 pm PT
Singapore's Changi Airport allows air passengers to offset carbon emissions
People walk past an indoor waterfall at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore Oct. 7, 2021. Photo by Reuters
Changi Airport in Singapore now allows air travelers to calculate their carbon emissions from their flight journey and use their credit card for payment to fund sustainable development projects.

Passengers can calculate the carbon emissions from their flights based on the origin, destination and class of travel on the Changi Airport website or app before selecting an option to offset their emissions by using a credit card.

A representative of the airport told the Strait Times that the launch of the initiative is its latest step to help mitigate carbon emissions by supporting sustainable development projects.

A check on the carbon calculator showed that a single return passenger flying in economy class from Changi to Tokyo's Haneda Airport can pay $10.50 to offset 1,015 kg of carbon dioxide emissions, Channel News Asia reported.

Passengers flying on an economy-class trip between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur can pay $1.11 to offset about 60 kg of carbon emissions, based on CAG's calculator.

This is not the first time such carbon offset efforts have been adopted by leading airports.

London Heathrow and Rotterdam Airport in the Netherlands have been allowing passengers to offset their flights' carbon emissions with the purchase of eco-friendly jet fuel since 2021 and 2022 respectively.

Accounting for 2% of man-made carbon emissions, the global aviation industry has committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

Changi was named the world's best airport by aviation ranking website Skytrax in March.

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