Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables - October 11, 2019
British Airways to offset CO2 from all domestic flights
British Airways announced Oct. 10 that they plan to offset emissions for all UK domestic flights starting January 2020 through investing in verified carbon reduction projects around the world.
Domestic flights currently produce a total of 400,000 tons a CO2 a year. The projects that British Airways has invested in to offset these emissions include renewable energy, protection of rainforests and reforestation programs.
“British Airways is determined to play its part in reducing aviation’s CO2 emissions,” Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief Executive, said in a statement. “To solve such a multi-faceted issue requires a multi-faceted response and this initiative further demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable future. It also follows our announcement to partner with renewable fuels company, Velocys, to build a facility which converts household and commercial waste into renewable sustainable jet fuel to power our fleet.
Additionally, the carbon emissions on international flights will be capped through the United Nations’ carbon offsetting scheme.
The airline’s parent company, International Airlines Group, has previously committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the UK government’s 2050 commitment to a net-zero carbon economy and the United Nations’ goals to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. IAG has also committed to investing more than US$400 million in the development of sustainable aviation fuels over the next 20 years.
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