When you fly atmosfair, your emissions are calculated as precisely as possible. The calculations include the effects of the different pollutants according to the latest scientific knowledge, especially to their impact at high altitude.At the same time every calculation has its limits: one can only calculate a presumably fuel consumption of a given flight. A plane may have to take a detour because of fog, the load may be higher or lower than average. Variations like these cannot be included in the calculation.
Data on airplane types, engines, flight routes, etc., was generated in scientific research projects and verified by the Federal Environmental Agency in Berlin.
What factors are used in the calculation of emissions?
Not all flights are the same. It is obvious that a flight from Frankfurt to Honolulu causes more environmental damage than a flight from Hamburg to Cologne. In short, a number of factors other than the distance of a flight must be taken into account to calculate the impact of one single air-passenger on the world’s climate, and thus to determine how much an “atmosfair ticket” should cost.
For instance, flight altitude, aircraft type, the number of seats on board and how many of them are occupied all play a very important roll in the calculation of emissions.
The emissions calculator contains stored data on all relevant information. Because the calculator uses data sets of high scientific quality, a Pi-mal-Daumen, or rough result is completely avoided. The data that is embedded in the calculator has been verified by the German Federal Environmental Agency.