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British Airways to offset carbon emissions from 2020, IAG invests in sustainable aviation fuels

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UK airline British Airways will become the first in the country to offset carbon emissions on all flights within the UK.

From January 2020, all customers travelling within the UK on flights operated by British Airways will have carbon emissions offset by the airline and invested in carbon reduction projects around the world. These projects include renewable energy, protection of rainforests and reforestation initiatives.

British Airways operates up to 75 flights every day between London and 10 cities around the UK, including Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle. Its domestic emissions equate to around 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

The airline’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), has also become the first airline group in the world to commit to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This goal will be achieved through several environmental plans, including investing over $400 million (€363.3 million) in sustainable aviation fuels over the next two decades.

“British Airways is determined to play its part in reducing aviation’s CO2 emissions,” commented Alex Cruz, chairman and CEO of British Airways. “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.”

Customers travelling abroad on flights operated by British Airways will also have the option to reduce their impact on the environment by using the airline’s carbon offsetting tool. This enables travellers to calculate their emissions and then invest in carbon reduction projects, including forestry and renewable energy projects in Peru, Sudan and Cambodia.