Fly Net Zero is the commitment of airlines to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. 

At the 77th IATA Annual General Meeting in Boston, USA, on 4 October 2021, a resolution was passed by IATA member airlines committing them to achieving net-zero carbon emissions from their operations by 2050. This pledge brings air transport in line with the objectives of the Paris agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Read the press release:  IATA members' AGM resolution on Net Zero 2050 

Fly Net Zero: What is it? 

 

 

Net Zero Carbon Emission Challenge 

Current projections estimate that demand for air passenger journeys in 2050 could exceed 10 billion. The expected 2021-2050 carbon emissions on a ‘business as usual’ trajectory is approx 21.2 gigatons of CO2. Mitigating that amount of carbon will be an enormous technological challenge. 

Success will require the coordinated efforts of the entire industry (airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, manufacturers) and significant government support.

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How we plan to achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions

 

The net-zero objective will be met through a combination of maximum elimination of emissions at source and the use of approved offsetting and carbon capture technologies.

Emissions reduction strategy key elements

flynetzero-saf-thumbnail-blue 65% usage of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), sourced from feedstocks that do not degrade the environment or compete with food or water

flynetzero-newstech-thumbnail-red 13% investment in new aircraft technology, including radical new aerodynamic and  alternative propulsion (electric or hydrogen) solutions

flynetzero-infrastructure-thumbnail-green 3% continued improvement in infrastructure and operational efficiency, with a particular focus on improved air traffic management

flynetzero-offsetting-thumbnail-orange 19% usage of approved offsets including carbon capture and storage technology 

 

Willie Walsh, IATA Director General shares his views on the significance of the industry's commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

 

IATA experts's opinions on different aspects of the Fly Net Zero Campaign 

IATA’s expert on Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), Robert Boyd, explains why SAF is so vital to achieve net zero aviation emissions by 2050.

Olga Miltcheva has a long campaigning experience with UNICEF. Now in charge of environmental engagement at IATA, she explains why the support of NGO’s, governments and the public is so important to reach the Net Zero target.

IATA's policy specialist, Yue Huang talks to us about how proactive, supportive government policies can make a crucial difference to the success of Fly Net Zero. 

Virtual event: Aviation’s commitment to sustainable flying

Hosted during the UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference in October 2021, the online event shed light on the net zero airline target and pathways, with a specific focus on Sustainable Aviation Fuel. The speakers include Sebastian Mikosz, IATA’s SVP Environment and Sustainability, Haldane Dodd, Executive Director of ATAG, Grace Cheung, Head of Public Engagement & Partnerships at Cathay Pacific, and Thorsten Lange, EVP Renewable Aviation at Neste.

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