On our blog, we inform you regularly about exciting developments concerning sustainable travel. You are probably already familiar with atmosfair, but if you are particularly interested in ecology, you have also probably been reading the term atmosfair fairfuel more often recently. What this is all about – and why we think it's a really big deal – you'll find out here.
Anyone interested in the topic of CO₂ compensation will have a hard time getting past the Berlin-based company atmosfair. The company has emerged as the test winner from numerous international comparative studies. It communicates its processes and goals transparently, uses forceful marketing to reach its audience, and strives to make a real difference in people's lives.
In doing so, atmosfair follows a simple but very stringent principle: for climate protection reasons, CO₂ avoidance should take priority over other measures whenever possible. However, if CO₂ emissions cannot be avoided, measures should at least be taken to reduce these emissions as much as possible. Unavoidable emissions are offset by atmosfair in high-quality CDM Gold Standard climate protection projects (this is the strictest standard available worldwide).
The threefold principle “avoid – reduce – offset” has become something like the gold standard of the industry. But atmosfair climate protection projects not only save CO₂, they also promote sustainable development through technology transfer and poverty reduction.
We at Myecostay – together with our umbrella brand France écotours – have been working with atmosfair for years and highly recommend it to any other company based on our experience.
As everybody knows, flying is a problem in our fight against climate change. But are there reliable figures to back up this statement?
We know now that flying contributes to the anthropogenic, i.e. man-made, greenhouse effect in various ways. In addition to the commonly feared CO₂, the formation of ozone as well as veil clouds and contrails also lead to an increase in the warming effect. The total impact of aviation on the man-made greenhouse effect is estimated to be up to 7%.
The solution: get airlines to use Power-to-Liquid* (PtL). For the moment, only e-kerosene (PtL) can reduce the greenhouse effect (in some cases considerably) and, if flight routes are changed, can provide a long-term solution to the Paris climate targets for air traffic.
*PtL: the word Power-to-liquid actually covers several ways of producing e-kerosene from electricity, water and CO2. First of all, water is broken down into hydrogen and oxygen with the help of electricity. The hydrogen and CO2 are then converted into a synthetic gas, which is then converted into fuel. The CO2 can come from industrial processes, biogas or polluted air. The big advantage of PtL fuels is that they are environmentally friendly and come from resources that are available in unlimited quantities. However, the infrastructure for its manufacture is still limited and the financial cost of PtL processes is very high. (Source:Frankfurt am Main-IHK Wirtschaftsforum Magazine 10|11.2021)
We can see that traditional flying is actually no longer compatible with the climate targets we have set ourselves. But with a little pragmatism and on the basis of the aforementioned rule of “avoid – reduce – compensate,” it becomes clear that there are gradations. The best thing, of course, is to avoid flying altogether. When this is not possible, reducing and compensating can be viable compromises. Using the atmosfair fairfuel falls into the reduce category.
This is because e-kerosene is a fuel that is not comparable to the damage potential of conventional kerosene. E-kerosene is refined from synthetic crude oil into commercially viable Jet A-1. The crude oil is produced by synthesis processes from feedstock CO₂ and water, using green electricity. E-kerosene can be used in existing aviation infrastructure without the need to modify it.
No technical modification of existing aircraft is necessary!
We at Myecostay were happy to watch a special livestream from Emsland a few days ago, more precisely on 03 October 2021. On display was the inauguration of the world's first plant to industrially produce e-kerosene. Dietrich Brockhagen is the founder of atmosfair, an organisation which created its own company (solarbelt) and its own label (fair fuel). In his speech, Mr Brockhagen insisted on the importance not to lose any more time and that, in addition to offsetting, investments must also be made in technical innovations.
It is also important for Atmosfair to emphasize that it remains loyal to its current climate protection guiding principles with atmosfair fairfuel: Avoid before reduce before offset. In the case of air traffic, reduction with e-kerosene has now become technically possible. A great achievement!
… Fortunately not. Because, thankfully, there are other Power-To-Liquid plants all over Germany, and more and more are being built.
A plant is referred to as a “Power-To-Liquid plant” if it practices the conversion of electric power into liquid fuel in the way we described above.
The FrankfurtRhineMain region, for example, is going on the offensive with corresponding initiatives and pilot plants in order to develop as a climate-focused business location in the long term. And a power-to-liquid quota for air traffic is also to come in Germany by the end of the decade. Great news that makes us want more.
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