British Airways will be the first UK carrier to reduce carbon emissions on all of its UK flights from January onwards. Those passengers flying on BA flights operated by the carrier within the UK next year will be compensated by the airline’s carbon emissions from their flights and will be participating in carbon reduction programs worldwide.
Such value assured initiatives will include renewable energy, rainforest conservation and reforestation programs. The carrier operates up to 75 daily flights from London to ten UK Airports including Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle, Isle of Man, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast City, Inverness, and Jersey.
British Airways’ domestic emissions total around 400,000 tonnes of C02 a year. The announcement comes as its parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), became the first airline group worldwide to commit to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, contributing to both the UK government’s commitment to a net zero carbon economy by 2050 and the United Nations’ objective to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
The emissions goal of the IAG will be met by various environmental programs, including investing more than USD 400 million over the next 20 years in the production of renewable aviation fuels.
British Airways ‘ chief executive, Alex Cruz, said: “We are determined to play our part in reducing CO2 emissions from aviation. Solving such a multi-faceted issue requires a multi-faceted solution and further shows our commitment to a sustainable future.
Although passengers will not have to offset their emissions on UK domestic flights, those flying further afield can also reduce their impact on the environment by using the carbon offsetting tool of British Airways. The carbon tool allows customers to calculate their emissions and then invest in carbon reduction projects in Peru, Sudan and Cambodia, including high-quality forestry and renewable energy projects.