IAG airlines will operate 10% of flights with sustainable fuels by 2030
It is one of 10 global groups recognized by the United Nations for its ambitious carbon targets
Today, on Earth Day, International Airlines Group (IAG) has become the first group of airlines in Europe to commit to having its companies, Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Level, operate on the 10th percent of its flights with sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.
The Group will purchase one million tons of sustainable aviation fuel per year, allowing it to reduce carbon emissions by two million tons by 2030. This is equivalent to eliminating one million cars on European roads every year.
Additionally, IAG will become the first airline group in the world to extend its commitment to net zero CO2 emissions to its supply chain. The Group will work with its suppliers to enable them to commit to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 in the products and services provided by IAG.
Luis Gallego, CEO of IAG, stated: “For more than a decade, IAG has led the actions of the area industry to reduce its carbon footprint. The transition to a low-carbon business model is clearly challenging, but despite the current pandemic, we remain steadfast on our climate commitments. "
"Government support is critical to achieving this goal by attracting investment to build sustainable aviation fuel plants that provide sufficient supply for the aviation industry, creating high-value green jobs and economic growth on a global scale."
IAG is investing US $ 400 million in sustainable aviation fuel development over the next 20 years. The Group is collaborating with developers of sustainable aviation fuels, such as LanzaJet and Velocys. This includes the UK's first European plant for recycling household waste for conversion into aviation fuels, which will start operating in 2025.
IAG was the first group of airlines in the world to commit to achieving net zero CO2 emissions in the year. 2050 and is one of the 10 global companies recognized by the United Nations for its ambitious carbon targets.
Iberia's 15% reduction in emissions per passenger
Iberia, as part of the IAG Group, has committed to achieving 0 net emissions by 2050 and, today, its greatest contribution to this objective is the operation with more efficient aircraft. such as the Airbus A320neo and A350, with which it operates its short / medium and long haul flights respectively and which are between 15% and 25% more efficient than other models of similar capacity.
The incorporation of more efficient aircraft, together with other measures to reduce fuel consumption and protect the environment, have made it possible for Iberia to reduce emissions per passenger by 15% between 2010 and 2019. The company's goal is to achieve a reduction of another 5% by 2025.
The pandemic has accelerated the withdrawal of Iberia's Airbus A340 / 600 that left its fleet in August 2020 and, currently, about 50% of the Spanish airline's flights are operated by the most efficient models, the Airbus A320neo and A350.