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Reducing emissions has been one of the major goals in the air transport industry. Recently, the International Air Transport Association announced that carbon emissions have been reduced by 50% since 1990. British Airways also made an announcement related to emission reduction.

The announcement is as follows”

  • Airline to make all flights within the UK carbon neutral from 1 January 2020
  • British Airways to invest in verified carbon reduction projects
  • British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) recently announced commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050

From January 1, 2020, British Airways will begin offsetting carbon emissions on all its flights within the UK, as part of the airline’s commitment to achieving 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 the highest quality, verified carbon reduction projects around the world. These will include quality assured projects such as renewable energy, protection of rain-forests and reforestation programs.

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 City, Inverness and Jersey.

British Airways has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 through a range of initiatives, including offsetting emissions on all flights within the UK, 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 climate policy. The airline and its parent company, IAG will invest a total of $400m on alternative sustainable fuel development over the next 20 years.

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 the highest quality, 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 around £15.

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