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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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: