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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.

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

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

How we plan to achieve Fly Net Zero

Our strategy towards net zero

Achieving net zero by 2050 will require a combination of maximum elimination of emissions at the source, offsetting and carbon capture technologies.

Pie chart - our strategy towards net zero

flynetzero-saf-thumbnail-blue 65% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

flynetzero-newstech-thumbnail-red 13% New technology, electric and hydrogen

flynetzero-infrastructure-thumbnail-green 3% Infrastructure and operational efficiencies

flynetzero-offsetting-thumbnail-orange 19% Offsets and carbon capture 

The 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. 

See chartsair passenger 2050 traffic  -   emissions to be abated by 2050

Watch these interviews with Willie Walsh, IATA's Director General, and Sebastian Mikosz, IATA SVP Environment & Sustainability for more details on how aviation will mitigate the huge carbon challenge.

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. 

IATA's responsible for Environmental Programs, Michael Schneider talks about carbon offsets and how they contribute towards the overall Fly Net Zero Strategy.

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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