Climate Change

We are determined that aviation reduces its climate change impact, making a fair contribution to the global goal of containing temperature rises within 2°C.

Our climate action plan includes:

  • development of new low-carbon fuels,
  • emissions saving initiatives,
  • environment projects supported by customer donations
  • and proactive support for appropriate government regulation

We support tough targets to reduce net carbon dioxide emissions through a cap on emissions from 2020, and a halving by 2050. These targets are illustrated in the diagram below.

Find out more about our climate action plan in the Corporate Responsibility Report.

Low carbon fuels

We believe sustainable low-carbon fuels have great potential to reduce our carbon footprint and we aim to accelerate their use in aviation.

We are working with the Solena Fuels Corporation to build an innovative waste-to-fuel plant, aiming to complete construction by 2015.  We have committed to buy the jet fuel produced by the plant for ten years, valued at US$500 million.

Find out more about low-carbon fuels in the Corporate Responsibility Report.

New aircraft

Introducing our new generation aircraft, the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Find out the latest information on

The A380 is the world’s largest passenger aircraft, with 16% less emissions per seat than the aircraft it replaces.

The Boeing 787 is 20% more fuel-efficient than the Boeing 767 it is replacing. As well as contributing to lower emissions, the 787′s composite fuselage permits a lower cabin pressure, providing customers with a more pleasurable travel experience.

Customer Carbon Fund

The Customer Carbon Fund is supported by donations from our customers when they book flights on Our charity partner Pure invests money from the fund into a range of low-carbon projects such as installing solar hot water in community sports centres.

The latest project, a low-carbon biomass boiler, was installed at Camelford Leisure Centre in Cornwall, UK, opened by the Mayor Andy J. Shaw in July 2013.

Find out more about the Carbon Fund. 

Responsible regulation

We were the first airline to participate in carbon trading in 2002 and have consistently campaigned for this policy in Europe and internationally.

British Airways, working with the International Air Transport Association, has proactively developed solutions to help governments prepare global climate regulation. Find out more about our approach to climate regulation in the Corporate Responsibility Report.