Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in the US has introduced The Good Traveller programme for passengers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to help them reduce the carbon emissions of their flights.
This programme will enable passengers to pay for decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by aircraft.
For instance, carbon emissions from a single passenger’s round-trip flight from Los Angeles to New York can be reduced for around $12, which will save about 2,000lb of CO₂ from the atmosphere.
LAWA chief sustainability and revenue management officer Samantha Bricker said: “LAWA continues to lead the way for airport sustainability, with ambitious goals that will set global standards. By working with The Good Traveller programme, LAWA is offering an easy and direct way for its guests to participate in the fight against climate change by voluntarily offsetting carbon emissions from their flights.”
Passengers can easily buy offsets before or after a trip by visiting the Good Traveller website.
This website has a calculator that enables passengers to input their origin and destination, along with other information.
The Good Traveller is backing several projects for reducing carbon emissions.
Until now, the programme has helped airports and passengers to cut down more than 86,000t of carbon.
Since February 2020, travellers at LAX have offset nearly 95t of emissions.
LAWA stated that both LAX and Van Nuys Airport are working towards achieving zero consumption of potable water for non-potable uses, zero carbon emissions from LAWA operations and zero waste by 2045.
LAWA is also working to utilise 100% renewable electricity by 2045.
On another note, Denver City Council is planning to consider a $40m contract between Denver International Airport (DIA) and Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation (TKE) to modernise 70 elevators, escalators and moving walkways at the airport.
Once signed, this contract will run for five years.