Asia Pacific carriers take next step to zero emissions target

A joint study by ANA and JAL found that 2,300 million kL of sustainable fuel will be needed to decarbonize Japan's aviation sector by 2050.

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The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) last week announced full support to the Air Transport Action Group’s statement declaring the adoption of a long-term climate goal in the air transport sector to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The airline trade group had earlier announced its own commitment to the net zero emissions goal in September and has already adopted the ICAO CORSIA as part of a broader set of industry measures to achieve carbon neutral growth from 2020 onwards.

The group says a comprehensive approach involving multiple stakeholders to deliver emissions reductions is critical to achieving a fully sustainable aviation industry by 2050.

In a joint research conducted by Japanese carriers ANA and Japan Airlines, the study found out that the amount of sustainable aviation fuel supply needed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 for domestic and international flights landing and operating in Japan is estimated to be 2,300 million kL.

Sustainable aviation fuel is considered essential to achieve full carbon neutrality in the aviation industry and the two airlines said they will work with stakeholders to promote SAF.

During the development of the joint study, ANA and JAL renewed their commitment to achieving shared environmental goals. The Japanese carriers have both joined the World Economic Forum’s “Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition” and co-signed the 2030 Ambition Statement, pledging to cooperate in increasing the share of SAF in the global aviation industry to 10 percent by 2030.

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