• Gennette Cordova

JFIN reports all carriers reducing emissions, half through carbon offsets



Worldwide, all carriers are taking steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and about half of those surveyed employ carbon offsetting as a part of that effort, according to the new 2020 Jet Fuel Innovation Review report published by Jet Fuel Innovation News.


“Only 50% of airline respondents to our survey indicated that they offset some of their greenhouse gas emissions,” said the report, which was based on an industry survey and prepared by Cargo Facts Consulting. “A similar portion indicated that they offered offsets to their customers. Some airlines that did not offset their own emissions nonetheless offered these to their customers.”


British Airways, for instance, will offset all carbon emissions for its U.K. domestic flights from 2020 going forward by investing in carbon-reduction projects designed to offset domestic emissions, including tree planting in Asia, Africa and South America, and solar energy implementation in the U.K.


Globally, the aviation industry is uniting in an effort to reach zero net emissions by 2050, through commitments to operational, technological and infrastructure advances that will increase fuel efficiency. According to the report, “in 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to address CO2 emissions across the aviation industry.” CORSIA was created to assist carriers in achieving their environmental targets with complementary emission-reductions programs, including increased use of biofuel technology.


With nearly 6 million tonnes of waste being generated in aircraft cabins annually, based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), recycling catering waste has become a common practice among most airlines. Other efforts to minimize the environmental impact onboard aircraft include the reduction of plastic use, for instance replacing plastic bags with paper, and recycling plastic bottles to make passenger blankets.


Although strongly opposed by European airlines, the European Union is considering eliminating the current tax exemptions on jet fuel enjoyed by EU carriers. EU representatives believe a kerosene tax, similar to the one that exists in other countries, could generate 13 billion euros annually and lower emissions by 11% across the 27 member states since resulting higher airfares would reduce passenger numbers.


The report concludes that a kerosene tax could also mean a reduction in greener alternative investments — such as biofuels — and that environmental policies linked to transportation will be critical in upcoming years.


To download the complete report, including an analysis of how the airline industry is handling the topic of fuel and related issues, and the findings from an industry survey of passenger and cargo airlines, visit https://www.jetfuelinnovation.com/report.

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