Oneworld airlines make carbon commitment

By April Waterston, published 16/09/20

Airlines in the oneworld alliance have joined together to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The 13 member airlines plan to achieve this target within the existing environmental framework previously agreed by governments, including through the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Each airline will develop individual approaches to reach the target through various initiatives, such as investments in sustainable aviation fuels and more fuel-efficient aircraft, reduction of waste and single-use plastics, and carbon offsets.

Several oneworld airlines are already actively prioritising a range of environmental sustainability initiatives.

British Airways’ parent IAG, Japan Airlines and Qantas have already targeted net zero carbon emissions by 2050, while Finnair aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

“Alongside our member airlines, we are proud to be the first alliance to commit to net zero emissions by 2050 and play a role in making the industry more sustainable,” said oneworld CEO Rob Gurney.

“We want to thank our member carriers for their support and recognise IAG and Qantas for the leadership they have shown as we committed together to this goal.”