MATT OTTAP Business Writer
SILVER SPRING, Maryland (AP) — Searching for flights on Google is now “more eco-friendly.”
A new search feature launched on Wednesday will let users know which flights have the lowest carbon emissions and will be able to select flights based on carbon emissions as well as price and number of connections.
A basic search for a flight can estimate how many kilograms of carbon dioxide a flight emits from start to finish. Users can prioritize searches based on emissions as well as price. Flights with emissions below the median are highlighted in green.
Google said the quote is a combination of data from the European Environment Agency and flight-specific information from airlines and other providers. Data may include the age, model and configuration of the aircraft, the speed and altitude at which the aircraft flies, and the distance between the flight’s origin and destination.
According to Google, some flights may not have a quote, for example due to a lack of data on a particular aircraft. The company said it had not yet taken into account which direction the plane was headed. This is a potentially important factor when flying towards or along the jet stream, or whether the flight uses biofuels or other alternatives.
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