British Airways (BA) has started offsetting carbon emissions on all its flights within the UK as it looks to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
It had pledged to offset emissions on all domestic flights from 1 January and will now invest in the highest quality, verified carbon reduction projects around the world, including renewable energy, protection of rainforests and reforestation programmes. BA operates up to 75 flights a day between London and 10 UK cities, such as Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Newcastle.
Customers flying beyond the UK will be able to cut their environmental impact by using BA’s carbon offsetting tool. The tool enables them to calculate their emissions and make their flight carbon neutral through choosing carbon reduction projects in Peru, Sudan and Cambodia through BA’s partnership with charity, Pure Leapfrog. The tool will see a customer pay £1 to offset a return flight from London to Madrid when travelling economy, while London to New York in business class would cost around £15.
As well as its actions to offset emissions, BA is moving towards its net zero 2050 commitment through other actions such as flying more fuel-efficient aircraft, investing in sustainable aviation fuel, and changing operating procedures. Along with its parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), BA will invest a total of $400mn (£303.9mn) on alternative sustainable fuel development over the next 20 years.
Alex Cruz, BA’s Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “Solving the complex issue of climate change requires a multifaceted response, and offsetting emissions on all flights within the UK is just one step that we are adopting to reduce our environmental impact while more solutions to decarbonise are found. Our emissions reductions projects are carefully chosen to ensure they are proven and deliver real carbon emissions reductions as well as economic, social and environmental benefits.”