Air France ACT, a new path for the environment (video)

The airline is launching Air France ACT », a program that presents the new trajectory of reduction of CO2 emissionswith a 30% reduction target in emissions per passenger-kilometre by 2030 compared to 2019.

To help achieve the goals of theParis Agreement In order to limit global warming below +2°C, air transport “must accelerate its environmental transition”, the French national company recalls in the preamble. The path outlined in the new Air France program is based on three pillars:

  • prioritize the reduction of direct emissions generated by Air France operations,
  • reduce the indirect emissionsupstream and downstream of the company’s activities,
  • contribute in addition to projects that allow remove CO2 of the atmosphere

“Air France ACT” embodies, according to its press release, “the transparent, realistic and science-based approach adopted by the company to ensure its environmental transition through concrete and measurable actions.”

The decarbonization of aviation will be difficult, it will take time, and it will require an excellent coordination between the ensemble of acteurs: avionneurs, motoristes, fournisseurs de fuels, aéroports, contrôle aérien, pouvoirs publics, institut de recherche et monde académique, rappelle Air France. Its new decarbonization trajectory targets -30% CO2 emissions per passenger-km by 2030 compared to 2019, “that is, -12% in absolute value » according to the expected changes in the activity, after a reduction of 6% achieved between 2005 and 2019. This objective excludes so-called “compensation” actionsin order to take into account only strict measures to reduce direct and indirect emissions.

By 2050Air France aims to achieve zero net emissions, that is, “a drastic reduction in its CO2 emissions together with the contribution to projects that allow the annual removal from the atmosphere of a volume of CO2 equivalent to residual emissions”. The company is working to define a “precise and verifiable” 2050 decarbonization trajectory, based on a set of assumptions, particularly regarding the evolution of traffic, which can fluctuate. is therefore a evolutionary exercise, “whose common thread will be the desire to align with scientific references, regarding the trajectory to 2030”. The five levers to reduce and avoid CO2 emissions are:

Fleet renewal with the new generation of aircraft Airbus A220, Airbus A350, more fuel efficient, emitting up to 25% less CO2 and whose noise footprint is reduced by 33% on average. By 2030, these devices will represent 70% of the fleet Air France compared to the current 7%, “thanks to an investment of one billion euros per year until 2025”.

Increased use of sustainable aviation fuels (FAS), allowing an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions on average throughout the life cycle of the fuel, “and not competing with the food chain”. From 2022 and in accordance with the French incorporation mandate, Air France incorporates the equivalent of 1% of SAF on its flights originating in France. By 2030, the company is targeting at least 10% integration across all its flights and 63% by 2050.

The practice of eco-pilotage taxiing with one engine on the ground when possible, flight paths optimized thanks to artificial intelligence, continuous descent in collaboration with air traffic control, etc. These initiatives, made possible thanks to the action of Air France crews trained in these practices, allow an average reduction of 2 to 3% in CO2 emissions.

The establishment of a more responsible catering, to reduce the carbon footprint. On board and in its lounges, Air France gives preference whenever possible to local and seasonal products. The company is gradually offering pre-flight meal pre-selection in the Business cabin on long-haul flights, thus actively combating food waste. In addition, by the end of 2022, Air France will have eliminated 90% of single-use plastics compared to 2018, having replaced cups, cutlery and other plastic sticks with sustainable alternatives in 2019.

The development of intermodality, in order to offer low-carbon transport alternatives for short-haul travel, in particular as part of the strengthening of the partnership between Air France and SNCF.

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At the same time that Air France is changing, ” the relationship with travel and the behavior of its customers are changing. Whether they aspire to be more frugal by leaving less frequently, staying longer or combining business and leisure trips, Air France is committed to supporting them by giving them the means to act at their level, investing in its aviation fuel program in particular. sustainable. , beyond the regulatory obligationss”. To present Air France’s environmental strategy and all these commitments in more detail, the company is launching a video campaign, as well as a site dedicated to the general public, “Air France ACT”, available in French and English.

This Air France ACT trajectory is developed in accordance with the calculation methodology of the independent organization SBTi (Science-Based Target Initiative), to which it was submitted. Founded by the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact and the World Wide Fund for Nature, SBTi has developed a target decarbonisation trajectory for the aviation sector, compatible with the Paris Agreement, with the objective to limit global warming to below +2°C.

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