Air France Revises Emissions-Reduction Strategy

Air France has updated its sustainability commitment strategy by pledging by 2030 a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions per passenger per kilometer compared to 2019 levels, the carrier announced Wednesday.

This target corresponds to a 12 percent reduction in absolute terms in the company’s total emissions between 2019 and 2030, after a 6 percent reduction achieved between 2005 and 2019, according to Air France. The objective excludes offsetting actions “to consider measures that exclusively reduce direct and indirect emissions.”

The company previously aimed for a 50 percent reduction by 2030 relative to its 2005 baseline, according to its 2020 sustainability report. Air France also reconfirmed its commitment to achieve non-zero emissions by 2050.

The carrier noted five actions it planned to take to reduce and avoid CO2 emissions. By 2030, new-generation aircraft — Airbus A220 and Airbus A350 — are to make up 70 percent of the Air France fleet compared to the current 7 percent. Air France also has been incorporating the equivalent of 1 percent sustainable aviation fuel on all its flight departing from France; by 2030, the carrier aims for 10 percent SAF on all flights and 63 percent by 2050.

“Eco-piloting techniques,” including taxiing using only one engine when possible, employing optimized flight paths using artificial intelligence and using continuous descent, represent another action. The carrier also plans by the end of 2022 to have eliminated 90 percent of single-use plastics compared with 2018.

The fifth action is to offer low-carbon transport alternatives for short-distance journeys, with a “reinforced partnership” between Air France and French national rail operator SNCF.

This last plan comes after French lawmakers last year moved to abolish short-haul domestic flights.

Air France has updated its sustainability commitment strategy by pledging by 2030 a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions per passenger per kilometer compared to 2019 levels, the carrier announced Wednesday. This target corresponds to a 12 percent reduction in absolute terms in the company’s total emissions between 2019 and 2030, after a 6 percent…

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