Airlines Fly Green
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.
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 carbon 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.
The U.S. aviation industry has taken a leadership role in the development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). A4A and the Administration have set a shared “challenge goal” of making 3 billion gallons of cost-competitive SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.
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. U.S. carriers transport over 2.5 million passengers and 59,000 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 from 2020 onward.
U.S. airlines are continuously investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft and engines, developing sustainable aviation fuel and implementing more efficient procedures – both in-flight and on the ground. U.S. airlines improved their fuel efficiency (on a revenue ton mile basis) by more than 145% between 1978 and 2022, saving over 5.9 billion metric tons of CO2. That’s like taking more than 29 million cars off the road EVERY YEAR for over 40 years.
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:
Click on the links below to find out more about our member airlines’ sustainability initiatives.