Airlines Fly Green

Airlines Fly Green

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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). 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.

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. U.S. carriers transport over 2 million passengers and 65,000 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.

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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 aviation fuel and implementing more efficient procedures – both in-flight and on the ground. U.S. airlines improved fuel efficiency by more than 135% between 1978 and 2019, saving over 5 billion metric tons of CO₂ . That’s like taking 27 million cars off the road EVERY YEAR for 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:

  • 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

Member Airlines

Click on the links below to find out more about our member airlines’ sustainability initiatives.

Alaska AirlinesAmerican AirlinesAtlas AirDelta Air LinesFedExHawaiian AirlinesJetBlueSouthwestUnited AirlinesUPS
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