Check carbon emissions on Google Flights

To help you make more sustainable travel choices, you can find carbon emission estimates on your flight search results and booking pages.

Find carbon emission estimates

To find emission estimates in flights:
  1. Go to Google Flights.
  2. Search for a flight.
  3. On the right, click the down arrow.
  4. You'll find the emission estimates for each part of your trip.

Sort by carbon emissions

To sort your results by carbon emissions:
  1. On the right, click Sort by and then CO2 emissions.
  2. Your flight search results will be ordered from lower to higher emissions.
Tip: You can also find the emission estimates for each flight when you click the row to expand it.

Filter by low emissions

To filter your results by low emissions:
  1. At the top, click the Emissions filter and then Low emissions only.
  2. Your flight search results will only show options with lower than typical emissions for that route.

How we estimate carbon emissions

Google uses the European Environmental Agency (EEA) emission estimates with the most up-to-date algorithmic model from 2019. Learn about the model with the EEA guidebook.

Learn more about how carbon emissions are estimated.

The non-CO2 effects of flying

Climate effects caused by flying include CO2 emissions and non-CO2 effects, including the warming caused by the formation of persistent contrails. Contrails are trails of condensation that trap heat in the atmosphere. Persistent contrails can account for a significant portion of a flight’s climate impact.

Google is working with scientists, academics, and industry experts to make reliable predictions about contrail impact per flight. Eventually, we plan to include these predictions in the model used to estimate emissions.

Why some flights have lower emissions

Carbon emission estimates consider the origin, destination, aircraft type, and the number of seats in each seating class.

Factors such as fuel-efficient aircraft and shorter routes usually result in lower carbon emissions.

The emission estimates are higher for premium economy, business, and first seating classes because the seats in these sections take up more space. They'll account for a larger share of the flight's total emissions.

Traveling by train

When a train is available on your route, you'll find it listed on your Google Flights search results.

Traveling by train may result in significantly lower carbon emissions compared to flying. As such, train options are marked with a badge indicating lower emissions.

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