In Scandinavia, the “flygskam” – the shame of flying for environmental reasons – is growing more and more among expats and regular travelers. Traveling the air is on average fifteen times more polluting than taking the train. Even if the aircraft only emits 2 to 3% of global CO2 emissions, this argument is enough to convince some people to change their habits and to circulate by rail.
The rise of the flygskam movement does not leave airlines unresponsive. The subject was extensively discussed at the annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which was held from 1 to 3 June in Seoul, South Korea.
“This is the first sector to have made strong commitments on a voluntary basis,” explains Nathalie Simmenauer, Air France’s Director of Sustainable Development. In 2009, we wanted to improve the energy efficiency of our flights by reducing our CO2 emissions by 1.5% per year. “