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CO2Compensation

CO2 Compensation

With the BOKU climate mitigation projects

How it works

How we calculate the CO2emissions of flights

Distance
First, the shortest distance between the departure and destination airport is determined based on longitude and latitude ("great circle distance").
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Distance
Detour factor
The great circle distance is then multiplied by a detour factor to take holding patterns, weather conditions, etc. into account.
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Detour factor
Fuel consumption
For fuel consumption, we use a weighted average of the consumption of 3 aircraft types for short distances (<1,850 km) and 4 aircraft types for long distances.<1.850 km) bzw. 4 Flugzeugtypen bei Langstrecken ausgegangen.
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Fuel consumption
CO2 Emissions
The calculated fuel consumption is then multiplied by the emission factor of 3.15 (according to IPCCguidelines) to obtain the amount of total CO2 emitted. We apply this factor because the combustion of one kg of fuel produces 3.15 kg of CO2.
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CO2 Emissions
Emission output per passenger
To determine the CO2-emissions per passenger, the average number of seats on a short-haul or long-haul aircraft, the average load factor, and a certain factor for the flight class (economy, business, first) are used.
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Emission output per passenger
Climate impact
To take the actual climate impact of the greenhouse gases emitted into consideration, we use the Radiative Forcing Index. For this purpose, the greenhouse gas emissions are multiplied by a factor of 2.
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Climate impact

OUR UNIQUE SELLING POINTS

We offer more than just
greenhouse gas compensation

Climate protection as pioneering work

The University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna is the first and only university worldwide to implement research-oriented climate mitigation projects in countries in the Global South. In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we aim to focus on the social value of the mitigation activities we conduct. Thus, the benefits of BOKU climate mitigation measures go far beyond the compensation of CO2 .

Contribution to the UN Sustainability Development Goals

To lead a "good life", education, economic self-determination, and social and ecological sustainability are indispensable. In addition to binding or preventing CO2 , BOKU mitigation projects also entail further benefits thanks to their focus on several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their fulfillment is guaranteed through professional evaluation and review by the scientific advisory board.

Long-term cooperation on site

The close contact between our project sponsors and local actors not only strengthens participatory processes on-site but also allows for further research and teaching cooperation. A number of bachelor and diploma theses, dissertations, and articles entires in scientific journals have already been published based on data and results from the BOKU climate mitigation projects. These can help with the successful implementation of further mitigation measures and further ambitious projects.

Donations that arrive on site

Our projects bind more than 150.000 t CO2-eq and are financed by private donors, companies, and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna itself. More than 90 percent of the CO2-compensation funds flow directly into BOKU climate protection projects, as our staff are co-financed by the University. We issue a certificate for each donation.

Overview

The BOKU Climate Mitigation Projects

Gulu / Uganda

Siwalik and Gauri Sankar / Nepal

North-Gondar / Ethiopia

Addis Ababa / Ethiopia

Soroti / Uganda

La Dorada / Colombia

Fully Financed Projects

North-Gondar / Ethiopia

San Miguel / Costa Rica

Assessment and Selection

The Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board is responsible for the independent assessment and quality assurance of the BOKU compensation system and the BOKU climate protection projects. The Advisory Board was assembled for the first time on 10 March 2011 from the members listed below. When appointing the members, care was taken to ensure that both proven experts from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, as well as external experts, were included. The work of the advisory board is done voluntarily. This not only ensures the objectivity of the members but also ensures that more than 90% of the donated money can be used directly for BOKU climate mitigation projects.

  • Susanne Boesch, M.A.I.S MBA Austrian Development Bank (ÖEB)
  • Enrico Dal Farra, MSc Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
  • Dipl.-Ing. Jesús Garcia Latorre, Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK)
  • Markus Hafner-Auinger, MA Klimabündnis Austria
  • Univ. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Klaus Katzensteiner Cluster for Development Research (CDR), University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna
  • Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Andreas Melcher Institute for Development Research (IDR), University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna
  • Mag. Mag. Helene Unterguggenberger Caritas Austria
  • Representative of the Environmental Department of the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Dipl.-Ing. Sascha Mohnke Project Management Climate Neutrality, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna
  • Mag. Dominik Schmitz Head of the Competence Centre for Climate Neutrality, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
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