May 26, 2024

Finnair raises the bar in race to be carbon neutral

Finnair is upping the ante with plans to cut its carbon emissions by 50% in the next five years and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 at the latest.

The airline says it is the ‘most ambitious sustainability strategy in the aviation industry’ and its plans ‘clearly exceed the industry’s common targets’.

Its action plan includes a €3.5-€4billion investment in its fleet in the next five years, reducing emissions from its European traffic by 10%-15%, as well as a new partnership with Neste to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

It will also reduce the load onboard every flight, in part by ending its inflight retail sales within the EU, and reduce both single-use plastics and food waste by 50% by the end of 2022.

In addition, the airline will invest €60million in sustainability measures, improve the operational efficiency and fuel efficiency of every flight, and offset the carbon emissions of corporate customers’ flights from September 1 this year.

And to counter CO2 generated by meat production and cater to changing tastes, the airline will introduce more vegetarian meal options during 2020.

“Aviation is a fast-paced industry subject to many changes, and everything impacts it. Maintaining a long-term perspective at all times, in all market situations is key. The plans we announced today prepare us for the next 100 years of Finnair’s future,” says Topi Manner, Finnair CEO.

“Our number one goal is to reduce our own CO2 emissions by investing in new aircraft technology, by flying fuel-efficiently, by decreasing aircraft weight and by increasing the use of sustainable aviation fuels.

“We are also investing in innovation and research to create future solutions that support our long-term target of carbon neutrality.”