British Airways will start offsetting carbon emissions for its U.K. flights next year.
The plan goes into effect starting January 2020, and will apply to up to 75 percent of domestic daily flights between London and 10 cities in the United Kingdom. Carbon emissions for the airline’s U.K. flights amount to around 400,000 tons each year.
To offset, the company will invest in verified carbon reduction projects around the world, like renewable energy, rainforest protection and reforestation programs.
Customers on international flights will be given the option to pay to offset emissions. The carrier said the carbon emissions on its international flights will be capped through the United Nation’s offsetting program, also starting next year. British Airways’ parent company IAG is working to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
It will work on this goal “through numerous environmental initiatives, including investing more than $400 million in the development of sustainable aviation fuels over the next 20 years.”
“British Airways is determined to play its part in reducing aviation’s CO2 emissions. To solve such a multi-faceted issue requires a multi-faceted response and this initiative further demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable future,” says Alex Cruz, chairman and chief executive, British Airways. “It also follows our announcement to partner with renewable fuels company, Velocys, to build a facility which converts household and commercial waste into renewable sustainable jet fuel to power our fleet.”
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