Aviation article(s)
October 3, 2019

Air France has announced it is working to offset 100% of the CO2 emissions from all its domestic flights starting January 2020.


It also vowed to reduce its emissions by 50% per passenger/km – a new objective for 2030.


In a statement, the French flag carrier said this commitment will take the form of participation in projects certified by recognized organizations so passengers of the Air France group will be able to travel throughout France in a carbon-neutral way.


"We must step-up the transition to a more sustainable form of air transport and we are voluntarily making new commitments for today and 2030," Air France CEO Anne Rigail said.


"We have set a new ambitious objective to reduce our CO2 emissions. We will reduce fuel consumption per passenger/km to less than 3 litres by 2030," she added.


Air France will be one of the first airlines to offset the emissions generated by its domestic flights. Concretely, this will affect on average over 450 flights per day and over 57,000 customers, the airline said.


Air France said it has already introduced several waste sorting measures onboard its flights to Paris after earlier deciding to also eliminate the use of single-use plastic items on board its aircraft from the end of 2019  or saving 1,300 fewer tonnes of plastic per year.


The French airline also committed to reducing its environmental footprint by modernizing its fleet, promoting eco-piloting, reducing the weight of onboard equipment on its aircraft, and recycling waste.


Air France said its corporate customers will be able to opt for voluntary compensation of up to 100% of the emissions generated by their short, medium and long-haul flights via a dedicated offer.


Earlier in June, Irish budget airline, Ryanair, became the first European airline to report monthly C02 emission data, pledging to drop its emissions to just 60g of CO2 per passenger per kilometre.

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