In recent years, many of us have started to pay more attention to our carbon footprints, and one of the individual actions that can have the biggest impact on that metric is air travel.
This week TripIt is introducing a tool to help you understand not only what impact your vacation might be having on the environment, but also what you can do to offset that impact a bit.
The travel app will aggregate your estimated flight emissions and then give you an overview of your overall air travel footprint. You can view emissions per flight, as well as see a cumulative total for all your travel for the year. Suggestions for offsetting those flights are things as simple as recycling and as involved as planting a few trees.
Emissions are calculated using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which is the same methodology that’s being used by American and European agencies. Your personal emissions take into account the disgrace you travelled as well as your class of service and environmental elements.
The feature is available for both free TripIt users and people who subscribe to TripIt Pro.
To find your emissions for a single flight, go to the detail screen for your flight within the app. From there, you’ll see the Carbon Footprint section toward the bottom of the page. Tap on that to bring up a detailed overview of your emissions for that particular flight.
Down the line, if you want to see all your travel stats for the year you can find you Carbon Footprint information within your Travel Stats on the More tab.
TripIt isn’t the only travel company to make an announcement this week about offsetting emission. Hotel and flight booking site Hopper announced Tuesday that it will be donating funds to plant four trees for every flight sold on its platform and two trees for every hotel room sold in order to offset some of the carbon footprints of those bookings.