'Huge Future' For Carbon Offsetting

Carbon offsetting, whereby airlines give their customers the opportunity to balance the emissions related to their flight with equivalent carbon dioxide savings, is becoming more popular and has a "huge future", according to Carbon Clear.

A spokesperson for the company, which aids in the development of carbon management strategies around the world, said that there is "increasing pressure" on operators to reduce their emissions.

Jamal Gore, managing director of Carbon Clear, said that the most effective way that companies can reduce their carbon emissions is to invest in new machinery.

The cost involved means that this is not something that can happen quickly, so Mr Gore said that offsetting is a way for carrier to contribute to "real, lasting emissions reductions now".

He continued: "I think there's a huge future for voluntary carbon offsetting. Climate scientists say that excess carbon emissions will total 70 billion tonnes by 2050.

"Current international treaties will only address a small fraction of this so we need a huge amount of investment in emissions reductions around the world and carbon trading - offsetting - is an effective way to make this happen."

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