Airlines Fly Green

The U.S. airline industry is committed to protecting the environment and identifying sustainable solutions. 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. 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.

US Airlines Contribue 2% of the nations CO2 emissions US Airlines Contribue 2% of the nations CO2 emissions

Saving fuel, preserving the planet

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!

US airlines have improved fuel efficiency 135% since 1978

Committed to reducing carbon emissions

The airline industry is the only one in the world to voluntarily commit to an 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 2021. And we’re not stopping there. The world’s airlines, including U.S. carriers, have set a goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 50 percent in 2050 as compared to 2005 levels.

US Airlines Contribue 2% of the nations CO2 emissions

The U.S. aviation industry has taken a leadership role in the development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). We remain committed to advancing the commercialization and deployment of these fuels to help the industry meet its emissions reduction goals, diversify fuel supply and enhance energy security.



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