oneworld airline alliance commits to sustainable fuel target

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September 23, 2021
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The oneworld® Alliance airline has supported the World Economic Forum Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition’s 10 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030 ambition, further signaling the importance of sustainability to oneworld.

oneworld is the first global airline alliance to commit to net zero emissions by 2050 and is among the 60 signatories that have backed the coalition’s ambition statement.

It says the alliance and its member airlines are strongly committed to playing an active role in the global pathway for SAF technologies to reach 10 percent of global aviation fuel supply by 2030.

The alliance’s support of the coalition’s ambition statement came shortly after the global alliance unveiled its initial carbon roadmap on August 31, charting the path to its net zero emissions target.

SAF technologies, as the most feasible option to reduce aviation emissions in the near term, will be a key contributor in the alliance’s journey to be more sustainable it said.

Advancing the use of SAF recognized by ICAO-approved schemes will be a focus for the alliance, which is committed to being an advocate of industry action to decarbonize aviation.

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oneworld said that its sustainability efforts are spearheaded by the alliance’s Environment and Sustainability Board, chaired by IAG Head of Sustainability Jonathon Counsell, and with representation from all member airlines.

oneworld Governing Board Chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive H.E. Mr Akbar Al Baker said: “As the leading airline alliance at the forefront of environmental sustainability, oneworld is proud to support the World Economic Forum in its ambition statement for sustainable aviation fuel.

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“We are committed to working with our partners to play a role in this important journey and call on all stakeholders for their active support towards the usage of SAF that is available at commercial scale, affordable, and certified under the schemes recognized by ICAO and other relevant authorities,” Mr Al Baker said.

oneworld CEO Rob Gurney said: “Sustainability is at the core of oneworld’s priorities and our backing of this important ambition statement today further underlines our commitment. Expanding the use of SAF will be crucial in decarbonizing aviation in the near term but we recognize no airline can do it alone.

“We believe that our support of the coalition’s statement will create further momentum for the industry’s efforts in sustainability and hope it will galvanize others to take action.”

oneworld brings together 14 airlines – Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, and SriLankan Airlines, and more than 20 of their affiliates.