British Airways (BA) said will source sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to transport delegates between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh during the COP26 climate conference.
The COP26 conference in November will see world leaders discuss how to tackle climate change following the Paris Agreement that was signed in 2015.
BA said that the SAF it intends to use provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of up to 80% compared to traditional jet fuel.
BA has also announced a programme allowing its customers to purchase SAF to help reduce their personal carbon footprint via its not-for-profit organisation Pure Leapfrog.
Airlines, alongside fossil fuel firms, have been keen to push customers into taking responsibility for their carbon footprint as their own industries struggle to develop convincing strategies to reach net zero.
BA said it would invest £290 million (€337 million) over the next 20 years into further development of SAF, including partnerships with a number of technology and fuel companies such as Velocys in the UK and LanzaJet in the US.
British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle said: “We’re clear that we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the planet and have a detailed plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, including investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft, improving our operational efficiency and investing in the development of sustainable aviation fuel and zero emissions aircraft.
“This commitment for COP26 is in addition to the mandatory carbon trading we already operate in the UK and our own further voluntary carbon offsetting of our UK domestic flights.”
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