Finland’s flag carrier Finnair announced its plans to cut half of its total CO2 emissions by 2045 based on 2019 levels. 

By signing a letter of intent to cooperate with the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), their intentions to meet CO2 emissions reductions targets are in line with the US Paris Climate Agreement. 

Pushing for greater sustainability in aviation

It is clear that aviation is one of few sectors that contribute substantially to global warming due to the CO2 emissions aircraft produce as they fly, and the specific fuel required for millions of aircraft across the world. 

Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Finnair, Eveliina Huurre, spoke of the importance of addressing the sustainability of flying to ensure the aviation sector is progressing positively in line with other sectors of society:

The climate challenges of flying need to be solved, so that the social and economic benefits of aviation can continue. Finnair has ambitious emissions reduction targets: by the end of 2025, we intend to halve the level of net emissions from 2019 and achieve carbon neutrality latest by the end of 2045. Commitment to the CO2 reduction path SBTi has developed for aviation aligns our targets with the Paris Climate Agreement.

Finnair is not alone in its pledge. Low-cost popular carrier Ryanair has planned to become carbon neutral by 2050. Dutch airline and flag carrier of the Netherlands KLM has also pledged to cut its CO2 emissions by 15% by 2030 based on 2005 levels. 

Manufacturers are making a substantial effort, too, as European manufacturer Airbus has announced plans for a new-hydrogen-based aircraft in a partnership with American carrier Delta Air Lines for an on-going sustainability mission. The two will calibrate on the research and development of Airbus’ hydrogen-powered aircraft and other sustainable practices elsewhere. 

Infographic on Airbus hydrogen-based concept aircraft
An infographic on Airbus’ hydrogen-based concept aircraft | © airbus.com

Airbus’ NEO family of aircraft – such as the A320neo and the A330neo, are already more sustainable options. Airbus’ competitor, Boeing, offers the 737 Max, which is widely considered one of the greenest aircrafts available as it runs on a more efficient engine.  

 

While travelling by air is still one of the most unsustainable modes of transport, at least concerted efforts are being made to reduce its negative impact on the world we live in and the air we breathe. 

Let us know what you think about the aviation industry adopting more sustainable initiatives.

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