The United Arab Emirates’ national airline, Etihad Airways, has become the latest to commit to a minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050.
The airline plans to halve its 2019 net emission levels by 2035 through a combination of internal initiatives, collaboration with industry partners, as well as the adoption of a comprehensive programme of relevant carbon offsets.
“The global focus on the environment and the urgency of reducing carbon emissions has never been greater,” commented Tony Douglas, CEO of Etihad Aviation Group. “Etihad Aviation Group, together with its partners, is taking an active role in reducing the impact of aviation on the environment through initiatives ranging from optimised fuel management to sustainable financing practices.”
According to Douglas, the entire air transport industry, from airlines and suppliers to airspace providers, must take responsibility for helping to reduce aviation’s emissions, adding that solutions need to be “holistic and coordinated, not isolated and sporadic”.
He continued: “Airlines have attracted significant scrutiny in the global discussion of the environment, and our collective challenge as a fast-growing industry is to deliver meaningful initiatives which can quickly help to contain and reduce carbon emissions.”
The commitment to net zero emissions builds on several recent sustainability initiatives taken by Etihad Aviation Group, including work to develop sustainable aviation fuels, including biofuel, which will be developed and refined in Abu Dhabi from saltwater-tolerant plants.
The airline has also committed to support the development of sustainable jet fuel made from municipal waste in Abu Dhabi.
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