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Airline 2050 net–zero pledge

Airline 2050 net–zero pledge 15 September 2020

13 major airlines commit to joint 2050 net–zero vision (via edie)

Orchestrated by global aviation alliance oneworld, the commitment will see the airlines invest in more fuel–efficient aircraft, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and carbon offsetting to bring their net emissions footprint to zero by mid–century. Emissions from waste as well as from energy use will be accounted for, compelling oneworld members to distribute fewer single–use items and improve recycling and reuse processes.

Electric aircraft are not specifically mentioned in the commitment, which oneworld said will be delivered in line with existing business–government requirements, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) CORSIA scheme. CORSIA is designed to cap net emissions from the global aviation sector at 2019 levels, with airlines paying to offset emissions generated beyond this threshold.

Oneworld’s member airlines are American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Moroc, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines and Fiji Airways. Alaska Airlines will be joining the alliance in the coming months and will also join the net–zero commitment.

A working group has been set up by oneworld to ensure that members are collaboratively working on a roadmap to meeting the goal, sharing best–practice information and key learnings throughout the coming decades. Qantas’ executive manager of sustainability and future planet, David Young, is co–chairing this group alongside IAG’s group head of sustainability Jonathon Counsell. IAG is British Airways’ parent firm and, like Japan Airlines, Qantas and Finnair, already has a standalone net–zero target.

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