October 10 (Renewables Now) - Anglo-Spanish airline group International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (LON:IAG) has announced a plan to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050.
The first steps in the “Flightpath net zero” include offsetting the CO2 emissions for all UK domestic flights of British Airways so that these become net zero carbon from 2020, and cutting by 10% the CO2 per passenger kilometre by 2025. IAG will also pursue a 20% net CO2 reduction by 2030.
The company said it believes the ambitious 2050 goal is achievable even though “the low carbon solutions for aviation are more complex than for many other sectors”.
The package of measures to be taken in that direction includes the purchase of more fuel-efficient aircraft, expansion of electric vehicle fleets on the ground, and investments in sustainable aviation fuels, hybrid and electric aircraft and carbon capture technologies. IAG is also planning to get more renewable electricity and use carbon offsets to fund solar projects, reforestation and other CO2 reduction initiatives in different parts of the world. Weight and waste on board aircraft will be reduced.
IAG said it is the first airline group to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and urged governments to support a long term climate goal and smart global carbon pricing for aviation, and also create policies and incentives to bring more funding for research and development projects focusing on low carbon aircraft, sustainable aviation fuels and carbon removal technologies.
Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, and LEVEL are part of IAG Group.