IATA emphasizes goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050

The International Air Transport Association shared the latest result of its Fuel Efficiency Gap Analysis (FEGA)

(Source: Boeing)

twitterLOT Polish Airlines (LOT) is one of the airlines that has undertaken the FEGA, which identified the potential to reduce its annual fuel consumption by several percent. That equates to an annual reduction of tens of thousands of tons of carbon from LOT's operations.

"Every drop counts. Since its inception in 2005, FEGA has helped airlines identify cumulative carbon savings of 15.2 million tons by reducing fuel consumption by 4.76 million tons. LOT is the latest example of "an airline that explores every opportunity to achieve as much incremental fuel efficiency as possible. That's good for the environment and good for the bottom line," said Marie Owens Thomsen, Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Chief Economist at IATA.

On average, FEGA has identified fuel savings of 4.4% per airline audited. If fully achieved across all audited airlines, these savings, which primarily stem from flight operations and dispatches, would be equivalent to taking 3.4 million fuel-powered cars off the road.

The FEGA team analyzed LOT operations against industry benchmarks in flight dispatch, ground operations and flight operations to identify fuel savings potential. The most significant were identified in flight planning, emissions reduction through the implementation of aviation procedures and refueling operations.

"FEGA revealed specific areas where fuel efficiency improvements can be made. The next step is implementation to truly achieve the benefits of better environmental performance and lower operating costs," said Dorota Dmuchowska, COO of LOT Polish Airlines.

“FEGA is a key offering from IATA. The audit not only benefits the airline that undergoes the process thanks to lower fuel use, but also helps the entire industry to improve its environmental performance. Those benefits will grow as FEGA becomes increasingly effective with accumulated experience and growing capabilities using anonymized and aggregated airline data. Most importantly, achieving the savings identified by FEGA will be an important support as airlines transition to SAF in pursuit of net zero emissions by 2050,” said Frederic Leger, Senior Vice President of Commercial Products and Services at IATA.

Source: IATA.

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