Published on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
All members of the oneworld global airline alliance have vowed to go net-zero on carbon emissions by 2050.
The 13 member airlines say they can achieve this in the existing framework agreed by governments and aviation body International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Each of the airlines will adopt their own efficiency measures to meet the target, such as sustainable aviation fuels, more fuel-efficient aircraft, carbon offsets and reducing waste and single-use plastics.
"The commitment of oneworld member airlines to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 underlines the importance that we as an alliance have placed on becoming a more sustainable industry," said oneworld Chairman and Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce.
Some of the airlines have already started initiatives and had already set a 2050 target.
These include British Airways parent IAG, Qantas, and Japan Airlines.
Finnair says it plans to achieve net-zero status by 2045.
The net-zero carbon emissions target is just one of several sustainability initiatives currently in development through oneworld.
It has set up a working group co-led by IAG Group Head of Sustainability, Jonathon Counsell and Qantas Executive Manager of Sustainability and Future Planet, David Young.
Written by Ray Montgomery, US editor