As a part of its contribution to meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement, which seeks to limit global warming to below +2°C, Air France is launching the “Air France ACT” program, which defines the company’s new strategy to reduce greenhouse CO2 gas emissions. The strategy is based on reducing direct emissions generated by the airline’s operations, in addition to reducing indirect emissions and supporting projects that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Air France ACT embodies the science-based approach taken by the company to ensure its environmental transition through concrete and measurable actions. The new decarbonization trajectory targets a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2030, compared to 2019. This objective excludes offsetting actions, in order to consider only what exclusively reduces direct and indirect emissions. According to the company, this action is based on a scientific assessment method developed by the independent reference organization SBTi (Science-Based Target initiative), to which it was submitted. Founded by the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact and the World Wildlife Fund, SBTi has established CO2 emission reduction targets for the air transport sector compatible with the Paris Agreement.
Zero net emissions by 2050
By 2050, Air France seeks to achieve net zero emissions, which means a total reduction in its CO2 emissions combined with contributions to projects that will remove an amount of CO2 equivalent to residual emissions from the atmosphere each year. In an official statement, the company emphasizes that it is working to define a precise and verifiable trajectory of decarbonization for 2050. To achieve these goals, Air France is activating the decarbonization mechanisms at its disposal. Among them, the renewal of the fleet with new generation aircraft that are more fuel efficient, such as the Airbus 220 and Airbus 350, emitting up to 25% less CO2. According to the airline, by 2030, these aircraft will comprise up to 70% of Air France’s fleet. Another measure adopted by the company is the expanded use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which will reduce CO2 emissions, on average, by 80% over the fuel’s life cycle, and will not create competition with food production. In addition, there is the adoption of eco-piloting techniques, which means taxiing using only one of the engines whenever possible and also replacing plastic cups, cutlery, and drink mixers with sustainable alternatives. To present Air France’s environmental strategy and all its commitments in detail, the company launched a video campaign and a dedicated website aimed at the general public, available in French and English. – https://www.panrotas.com.br/aviacao/empresas/2022/04/air-france-lanca-novo-programa-para-reduzir-emissoes-de-co2_188849.html