British Airways started offsetting carbon
emissions on all its flights within the UK on 1 January 2020, as
part of a commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Customers flying within the UK on flights operated
by British Airways will have the carbon emissions from their
flights offset by the airline and invested in carbon reduction
projects around the world. These will include projects such as renewable energy,
protection of rainforests and reforestation programmes.
British Airways operates up to 75 flights a day
between London and 10 UK cities including Manchester, Leeds,
Newcastle, Isle of Man, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast, Inverness and Jersey.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief
Executive, said, “We know that air travel continues to grow, but
we also know that our future has to be sustainable. Solving the
complex issue of climate change requires a multifaceted response,
and offsetting emissions on all flights within the UK is just one
step that we are adopting to reduce our environmental impact while
more solutions to decarbonise are found. Our emissions reductions
projects are carefully chosen to ensure they are proven and
deliver real carbon emissions reductions as well as economic,
social and environmental benefits.”
Other initiatives the airline is undertaking
flying more fuel-efficient aircraft, investing in sustainable
aviation fuel and changing operating procedures, in addition to
working with stakeholders and governments to strengthen global
The airline and its parent company, IAG are
invest a total of $400m on alternative sustainable fuel
development over the next 20 years.
“We continue to invest heavily in new aircraft
that are 25% to 40% more fuel efficient than the aircraft they
replace. We are also leading the way in the development of
sustainable aviation fuel and have signed a partnership with
renewable fuels company Velocys, to build a plant which will
convert household and commercial waste into renewable sustainable
jet fuel to power our fleet, a first for the UK and the first time
an airline has done this in Europe,” added Mr. Cruz.
Customers flying beyond the UK can reduce their
impact on the environment by using British Airways’ carbon
offsetting tool. The tool enables customers to calculate their
emissions and make their flight carbon neutral by choosing from
verified carbon reduction projects in Peru,
Sudan and Cambodia through its partnership with not-for-profit
charity Pure Leapfrog.
Using the tool, a customer will pay around £1 to
offset a return flight from London to Madrid, travelling in
economy, while from London to New York in business class will cost
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