Air France presented a new strategy to reduce CO2 emissions

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As a contribution to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which aims to keep global average temperatures rising below 2 ° C, Air France has introduced Air France ACT, its new strategy to reduce CO2.

This strategy is realistic and scientifically based on air traffic development assessments developed by the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi). The priorities of the Air France ACT strategy are to reduce CO emissions2 (both direct, during flights, and indirect, during other activities of the company), as well as the improvement of CO compensation projects2.

The key goals of Air France’s strategy are 30 percent lower CO emissions2 per passenger per kilometer by 2030 compared to 2019, ie 12 percent lower carbon dioxide emissions in absolute terms, as well as zero CO emissions2 by 2050. These goals include the development of projects that will compensate for carbon dioxide emissions by removing the amount of CO from the atmosphere by 2050.2 which is equivalent to the backlog of the show each year. Compensation projects primarily mean afforestation of tropical forests and mangroves. As a reminder, Air France reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 6% between 2005 and 2019.

Five steps to achieving sustainability goals:

1) Fleet renewal with new generation aircraft. The Airbus A220 and Airbus A350 are aircraft that use less fuel, emitting up to 25 percent less CO2, and reduce noise pollution by an average of 33 percent. Currently, these planes make up 7 percent of Air France’s fleet, while by 2030 they will make up as much as 70 percent. To achieve this, Air France will invest one billion euros a year in fleet renewal from today until 2025.

2) Increased use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which will reduce CO emissions2 on average by 80 percent. Sustainable aviation fuel is made from edible oil, agricultural residues or synthetically from carbon dioxide and hydrogen. From the beginning of 2022, Air France will use 1 percent of sustainable aviation fuel on all its flights from France, while the goal is for that share to be 10 percent by 2030, and as much as 63 percent by 2050.

3) Using eco-piloting techniques such as, for example, using only one engine whenever possible or optimizing the flight path using artificial intelligence. The use of eco-piloting should reduce CO emissions2 by 2 to 3 percent per year.

4) Introduction of sustainable catering in order to reduce the carbon footprint. On flights and in showrooms, Air France favors local, seasonal products, and by the end of 2022, Air France will replace 90 percent of disposable plastics with sustainable alternatives.

5) Cooperation with other forms of transport. The airline recommends its passengers to choose a form of transport with lower CO emissions for shorter routes2 and develops a strong partnership with the French National Railways.

Responsible business and a sustainable future of aviation are the basic principles of Air France. To present its environmental strategy in as much detail as possible, Air France is launching a video campaign and a dedicated website, Air France ACT, aimed at the general public.

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