PlaneCarbon, a division of Iteknowledgies International, is a company based in Scottsdale, Arizona. PlaneCarbon purchases carbon credits to achieve carbon neutral operation of your aircraft based on the average utilization of a specific aircraft in hours per year and then calculating the amount of fuel burned and purchasing offsetting carbon credits to achieve carbon neutral operation.
Join the PlaneCarbon fleet of carbon neutral aircraft. This is the easiest way to achieve aircraft carbon neutral operation. You simply purchase one (1) years worth of carbon credits at a nominal fixed cost.
Your aircraft is then issued a PlaneCarbon Neutral Certificate to carry in the aircraft and a PlaneCarbon Neutral Certificate Emblem that can be easily adhered to a window to display on the aircraft for a one year period that attests that your aircraft is carbon neutral.
Why offset your aircraft flights with us?
Each time you fly there is an impact on climate change because the fuel used by the aircraft results in the release of carbon dioxide into the upper atmosphere.
At PlaneCarbon we have set ourselves the challenge to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and now we are offering the aviation community, that has always been very responsible, the opportunity to offset the emissions related to flights taken on their aircraft.
What is climate change/global warming and why is it a problem?
While the prevailing patterns of the Earth's climate have always changed throughout our planet's history, today the term "climate change" is generally used to refer to changes in climate patterns during the past 100 years that are increasingly thought to have been caused by human activities, such as burning fossil fuels when we drive our cars or fly in an airplane or simply using electricity generated by coal fired power plants.
These activities are increasing the levels of certain naturally occurring gases in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. These gases (known as "greenhouse gases") retain the heat reflected from the planet's surface which otherwise would be dissipated into space. In the past there was a balance maintained between the amounts of such gases in the atmosphere; the amount of heat they retained in the Earth's atmosphere; and the maintenance of an acceptable average temperature across the planet to sustain life. The increase in these gases has tipped that balance and the Earth's average temperatures are steadily rising, causing dramatic changes to prevailing weather patterns. This is what is known as the "Greenhouse Effect."
What is aviation’s impact on Global Warming?
Fuel used by aircraft engines results in carbon dioxide and other substances being released to the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide contributes directly to the greenhouse effect. While other substances emitted (e.g. nitrogen oxides and water vapor) contribute to global warming, their exact impact is still not known.
Aviation is responsible for an estimated 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions. The best estimate of aviation's climate change impact is about 3.5% of the total contribution by human activities.
What is carbon offsetting?
Carbon offsetting involves reducing emissions by investment in projects that save energy, such as investment in technology which allows industry to be more efficient and increasing the generation of renewable energy.
Will offsetting solve the issue of climate change?
Offsetting is only part of a balanced approach to addressing the issue of climate change. While offsetting doesn’t reduce emissions directly, it allows projects to occur that either take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or avoid its release.
Offsetting also helps to raise awareness of the issue of climate change and the impact that our lifestyles have on the environment. The only way to slow or stop temperature rise due to man made activities is to restrict the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere and to examine ways to reduce our emissions as much as possible.
Is carbon offsetting a compulsory tax on my aircraft flight?
No – PlaneCarbon is a carbon offset program that is completely voluntary. It allows you to make personal choice to offset greenhouse gas emissions related to your travel.
How is the amount of carbon emissions from my flight calculated?
The PlaneCarbon has undertaken an extensive study into aviation greenhouse gas emissions. The emissions attributed to your aircraft are based on actual fuel use figures over the past year (calendar year) you are flying.
The methodology is set out in the PlaneCarbon publication, “PlaneCarbon Workbook” is used to identify and calculate greenhouse gas emissions. The factors reported in the Workbook are designed to be consistent with both international reporting frameworks and national emissions estimation methodologies. Emissions include carbon dioxide and the global warming effect of methane and nitrous oxides.
How is the payment required to offset the carbon emission from my flight calculated?
This is based on the purchase price of greenhouse gas abatement projects and carbon credits from various audited sources.
Can I contribute more than what is calculated through this channel?
Are there credit card transaction charges associated with my contribution?
Yes. If you choose to offset the greenhouse gas emissions relating to your aircraft with us a credit card transaction fee at the rate calciulated on the Carbon Credit Calculation page will be charged.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
As you are making a purchase, and not a donation, the payment is not tax deductible. But for busineess aircraft please check with your accountant.
Can I get a receipt for my contribution?
Yes. When the transaction is finalised a receipt will be emailed to you. Several weeks later a certificate and emblem that can be placed in the aircraft and also a bumper sticker for your vehicle.
Where does my money go? Which programs?
If your aircraft is on the PlaneCarbon network your money is invested in either greenhouse gas abatement projects and/or carbon credits. Projects include energy efficiency measures, waste diversion and recycling, generation of renewable energy avoided deforestation projects.
How do you choose which projects to fund?
We have taken a decision to support Government endorsed projects to ensure that recipient projects have undergone a certification process to verify that the projects abate the claimed amount of greenhouse gas.
Are the projects independently verified?
Can I choose which program my contribution goes to?
Not at this stage.
How can I be sure that the emission volume attributable to my faircraft listed on this website is correct?
This process must be independently verified annually.
If I offset my flight, this doesn't really address the fact that emissions are still being released into the atmosphere from the aircraft I am flying on. Surely your campaign is just a cosmetic approach to a much larger problem?
As pilots and aircraft owners we are well aware of the complexity of the challenge of meeting the demand for air travel whilst working to reduce aircraft emissions at the same time.
This program because of its simplicity allows for a carbon neutral operation based on average hourly fuel consumption and hours of flight per year. This simplified approach in the aggreagate will allow for carbon neutral operation because some of the aviators participating in the PlaneCarbon program will fly their aircraft more and some less based on weather and operational conditions.
Why do different companies give different prices to offset emissions from the same aircraft?
We understand that other offset programs calculate emissions based on kilometres flown – this method does not take into account many factors that influence fuel use and emissions including weather conditions (e.g. headwinds) and air traffic requirements (e.g. holding patterns). You would need to ask different companies about the specifics of how they calculate emissions. We have undertaken an extensive study into greenhouse gas emissions. The emissions we have attributed to your aircraft are based on actual fuel use figures over the past year for your flying.