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Committed to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

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The major U.S. airlines have committed to working across the aviation industry and with government leaders in a positive partnership to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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A4A’s Flight Path to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

The U.S. airlines are a green industry that is only growing greener. U.S. passenger and cargo carriers contribute just 2% of the nation’s CO2 emissions and are committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. To reach that goal, U.S. airlines have pledged to work across the aviation industry and with government leaders to make 3 billion gallons of cost-competitive sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available for use in 2030.

Scaling Up Sustainable Aviation Fuel

The U.S. aviation industry has taken a leadership role in the development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The major U.S. airlines have pledged to work with the government and across the aviation sector toward a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to make 3 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.

Read More About the Deployment of SAF in the U.S.

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Airlines Fly Green

U.S. airlines are proud to help lead the fight against climate change with a myriad of measures that make our operations greener and our skies cleaner. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. carriers were transporting a record 2.5 million passengers and 58,000 tons of cargo per day while contributing just 2 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.  And the airline industry is the only one in the world to voluntarily commit to a global agreement to reduce and offset carbon emissions: The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) calls for carbon-neutral growth in international civil aviation beginning in 2020.

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Saving fuel, preserving the planet

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U.S. airlines are continuously investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft and engines, developing sustainable alternative jet fuels and implementing more efficient procedures – both in-flight and on the ground. Since 1978, U.S. airlines have improved fuel efficiency by more than 135%, saving over 5 billion metric tons of CO₂ . That’s like taking 27 million cars off the road EVERY YEAR for the last 40 years!

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A Sustainable Partnership

U.S. airlines are proud to be part of the climate change solution, and we call on policy makers to partner with us by implementing the following measures:

  • $2 per gallon sustainable aviation fuel blender’s tax credit
  • Further modernization of the air traffic management system to enhance efficiency
  • Continuation and expansion of public-private aviation environmental research and development programs
  • Implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)
  • Backing for emerging technologies like carbon capture and sequestration
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