Climate Change

A British Airways aircraft taxiing, with an American Airlines aircraft and a Qantas aircraft in the background.

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
  • 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.

Fuel innovation

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 impact

787_in_flight_760x350Introducing our new generation aircraft, the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. 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

Customers can join British Airways in acting on climate change by donating towards community renewable energy projects in the United Kingdom. Donations help to save carbon emissions and make a very real difference to communities across the UK.

The latest project at Camelford in Cornwall, pictured above, saw the installation of a low-carbon biomass boiler that will cut energy bills, save carbon emissions and help to sustain the local leisure centre.

The funds are managed by PURE, a not-for-profit charity, using the UK Carbon Reporting Framework. The money that customers donate is used to fund a range of projects, for example, helping install solar hot water in community swimming pools, small scale wind turbines for schools or energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting.

Find out more about the Carbon Fund. 

Responsible regulation (2020 Global Deal)

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.