Lowering carbon footprint: Only 1 in 4 Indians will ditch air travel for greener options, finds study

  • About 37% Indians would take the transport with a lower carbon footprint-Railways, for example-if it is at par with air travel, both in convenience and price

  • While 24% Indians said they were undecided, 17% refused to choose their mode of transportation, basis the carbon footprint

  • Over half of Indians polled (55 percent) felt airlines have the ability in finding solutions that reduce the adverse impact on the environment

Only one in four Indians are willing to take a lower carbon footprint alternative to air travel, even at the cost of inconvenience and additional expense, according to a new World Economic Forum study.

About 37 percent Indians on the other hand would take the transport with a lower carbon footprint–Railways, for example—if it is at par with air travel, both in convenience and price, reveals the 27-country survey by market research firm Ipsos. The firm interviewed a total of 19,023 adults between June 21 and 5 July this year.

While 24 percent Indians said they were undecided, 17 percent refused to choose their mode of transportation, basis the carbon footprint.

 Lowering carbon footprint: Only 1 in 4 Indians will ditch air travel for greener options, finds study

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“Interestingly, if we see, for long distance travel, there is no alternative to air travel, unless we consciously look for using videocon, webinar etc.especially for business meetings. Air travellers probably can also on their part make an informed decision, if we at a country level have some sort of an ‘eco-labeling’ of the carrier; and passengers can act responsible by choosing, accordingly,” said Rinku Patnaik, Chief Client Officer, Ipsos India.

“Air travellers probably can also on their part make an informed decision, if we at a country level have some sort of an ‘eco-labelling’ of the carrier; and passengers can act responsible by choosing accordingly,” Patnaik said.

Indians have a reasonably good perception of commercial airlines in their commitment towards reducing the impact of airplanes on the environment, with at least 52 percent Indians reposing faith in their intent towards the environment. While 26 percent held a neutral view, 21 percent were disappointed with the efforts.

Over half of Indians polled (55 percent) felt airlines have the ability in finding solutions that reduce the adverse impact on the environment. Around 27 percent were noncommittal, while 19 percent disagreed.

Updated Date: Oct 22, 2019 13:32:07 IST