As part of its contribution to meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to below +2°C, Air France is launching an “Air France ACT” programme setting out the airline’s new CO2 emissions reduction strategy.
This strategy is based on three priorities:
- Reduce in priority the direct emissions generated by Air France operations
- Reduce indirect emissions, generated upstream and downstream of the company’s activities
- Support projects that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere
“Air France ACT” embodies the transparent, realistic and science-based approach adopted by the company to ensure its environmental transition through concrete and measurable actions.
30% less CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2030 compared to 2019, i.e., 12% less emissions in absolute terms
The new decarbonisation trajectory targets a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2030 compared to 2019. This objective excludes so-called “offsetting” actions to consider measures that exclusively reduce direct and indirect emissions. It corresponds to a 12% reduction in the company’s total emissions between 2019 and 2030, in line with expected changes in activity, after a 6% reduction achieved between 2005 and 2019.
Net-zero emissions by 2050
By 2050, Air France aims to achieve net-zero emissions, i.e., a drastic reduction in its CO2 emissions coupled with contributions to projects that will remove from the atmosphere a quantity of CO2 equivalent to residual emissions each year. The company is working to define a precise and verifiable decarbonisation trajectory for 2050, based on a set of hypotheses – notably concerning an evolution of traffic – which may vary. Therefore, this is an evolving process, guided by the ambition to be in line with the scientific benchmarks, as is the case for the trajectory for 2030.
Five priority actions to reduce and avoid CO2 emissions
- Fleet renewal with new-generation aircraft
- Increased use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)
- Eco-piloting techniques
- Introduction of a more responsible catering offer to reduce the carbon footprint
- Developing intermodal transport
To present Air France’s environmental strategy and all its commitments in greater detail, the company launched a video campaign and dedicated website, “Air France ACT”, available in French and English versions – airfranceact.airfrance.com