How reused cooking oil supports our carbon neutrality

How reused cooking oil supports our carbon neutrality
Aug 9, 2021
We’re the first company to buy sustainable aviation fuel certificates from British Airways to reduce the impact of our staff travel emissions

Reducing and offsetting our travel-related emissions has always been a key part of our sustainability strategy. We’ve achieved carbon neutrality since 2006 through continuous work to reduce emissions and invest in high-quality carbon offsets. Now we’ve developed a new avenue to address our staff’s travel emissions through sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) certificates.

We’re the first company to buy SAF certificates from British Airways—to reduce our staff’s business travel carbon footprint. The certificates represent the carbon reduction through the use of clean fuel—refined by Neste from used cooking oil—on British Airways flights.

These certificates enabled the purchase of enough sustainable aviation fuel to power over 90% of the distance traveled by our employees on IAG flights. That’s about 65 passenger journeys between our offices in London and our corporate headquarters in Virginia.

As an industry that produces about 2-3% of global emissions, aviation is one of the hardest to decarbonize.
While meaningful in the context of our limited staff travel emissions, this purchase is still a drop in the ocean of aviation fuel consumption. While it helps address our emissions today, purchasing these certificates also provides essential funding for the development of clean fuels for flight— ensuring a future where we can all travel sustainably.
Aviation is particularly challenging to decarbonize. The aviation industry is adopting a range of measures to reduce its environmental impact, with a portfolio of being implemented across technology, operational improvements, market-based measures, and sustainable aviation fuels.

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