What Can I Do?
Let's face it, the most efficient way to reduce your skydiving footprint would be to skydive less. 100 jumps from a Supervan equal 893kg of CO2
. Maybe don't go for every possible funjump and spend some of your good weather days going for a swim or a hike instead.
Subsequently, it matters which aircraft you are flying with. Skydiving from a single engine aircraft can reduce your emissions by more than 50% in comparison to a double engine aircraft. Flying back and forth between continents for your skydiving activity increases your footprint considerably. If you don't want to quit skydiving just yet and none of the following options are enticing to you, but you want to reduce your footprint, you could still choose to only go to events happening close to you, at dropzones operating single engine airplanes.
Furthermore, there is the option of offsetting the carbon emissions of your jumps. The price to offset emissions for 100 jumps is 5€14
. Bear in mind that tracking the actual effect of offsetting is a complicated matter and that offsetting might not be the ethical choice15
Lastly, ask yourself if every single roadtrip is really worth it. Your car is likely one of the major contributors to your overall carbon footprint. Switch to public transport or start cycling instead. This might also be beneficial to your health16
As an event organiser you could also choose a local dropzone for your event. This might not entail the same weather guarantee, but would heavily reduce your participants' travel emissions. Additionally, you could include a nature day during your event. This would be a good weather day on which the entire camp doesn't jump and pursues an alternate activity.
As a dropzone (and most likely you are doing this already) you could try to operate your plane as efficiently as possible: short taxi, fast loading and no long holds for that one skydiver who still needs to finish up packing. You might also want to consider to switch to a single engine aircraft as this will not only cut your CO2
emissions considerably, but might also reduce your operating costs and generate a higher profit margin.