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Offset Your Flight

Carbon offsets directly support community-driven activities that protect and restore critical forests around the world. These forests:

  • Absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

  • Conserve wildlife

  • Sustain livelihoods for millions of people in Kenya

  • Help indigenous Kenyan communities build resilience to climate change

By offsetting your flight, you will retire carbon credits and directly support community-driven activities that protect and restore critical forests around the world.

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Here is the footprint of your flight and how you can neutralize your impact on the climate.

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By offsetting your flight, you will retire carbon credits and directly support community-driven activities that protect and restore critical forests around the world.

What are Carbon Credits?

Carbon credits empower local communities to protect forests.

A carbon offset – or carbon credit – is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to compensate for emissions made somewhere else. Credits are traceable, tradable and finite: When they are purchased by airline passengers, they are retired forever. This revenue funds activities that protect or restore forests, often supporting local communities with alternative livelihood opportunities that keep trees standing, and it helps fund programs to do so in perpetuity.

Nature can provide at least 30 percent of the mitigation action needed to limit global warming. Currently, the world’s forests store more carbon than is in the entire atmosphere.

Where Will My Donation Go?

Your donation will be used to retire verified carbon offsets by conserving forests around the world.

Protects Forests

The purchase of certified carbon offsets helps protect forests around the world vital to local communities as well as to climate change mitigation. Funds will support the recruitment and training of local rangers, construction of new ranger stations, new communication and monitoring equipment, programs to convert illegal loggers to eco-entrepreneurs, and improving roads for rangers and tourists.

Empowers communities

The goal of validated and verified carbon programs is to improve the well-being of resident communities by enabling the sustainable use of nature and by maintaining healthy ecosystems. Funds from carbon credits are used to improve health care facilities and schools, start local environmental education programs, and support local income-generating activities that promote conservation, such as ecotourism, tree nurseries, beekeeping and sustainable crafts.

Protects critical wildlife

The purchase of certified carbon credits helps protect forests that are home to globally significant biodiversity — including many plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Funds help to implement endangered species management strategies, pay for additional camera traps for wildlife monitoring, and install fences where necessary to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

Carbon Credits in Action

Funding from carbon credits protects forests and benefits local communities.

Alto Mayo, Peru

In Alto Mayo, carbon credits provide essential funding for forest management, including technical assistance and advice on the ground to transform illegal loggers into organic coffee farmers and eco-entrepreneurs. Communities also receive fuel-efficient cookstoves, access to improved social services, and direct technical assistance aimed at improving ecological health and crop yields.

Chyulu Hills, Kenya

Funds from carbon credits support enhanced protection of the Chyulu Hills, including the recruiting and training of local rangers and the construction of new ranger stations. Funds also go toward bolstering communication and monitoring equipment and improving roads. Funds also improve health care facilities, build and renovate schools and support local income-generating activities that promote conservation like ecotourism and tree nurseries.

How Do We Calculate the Footprint of Your Flight?

Carbon dioxide emissions per passenger is calculated using the factors below.

Aircraft Type

The make and model of the aircraft flown

Fuel Consumption

What is the average amount of fuel consumed on this route?

Passenger / Freight Ratio

How much of the fuel burn was passenger related?

Passenger Load Factor

Passenger-related fuel use divided by number of passengers.

When exact factors from your flight are not known – like travel on a United partner – we use averages for all United flights.

Conservation International and United

Investing in nature around the world

Conservation International and United

Investing in nature around the world

Conservation International and United Airlines have worked together since 1998 on efforts to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation sector, support direct conservation in the field and bring attention to conservation issues.

Learn more about our work together >

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