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British Airways has this morning unveiled a new sustainability programme, with the aim of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, Hazel Plush reports. 

At the launch of ‘BA Better World’, the airline set out plans to invest in more fuel-efficient aircraft, improve operational efficiency, and further the development of sustainable aviation fuel and zero emissions aircraft.

By 2030, the airline intends to power 10 per cent of flights with sustainable aviation fuel, and switch its ground support and engineering vehicles to 100 per cent renewable energy.

“We’re putting sustainability at the heart of our business,” said CEO and chairman Sean Doyle at the launch. “With BA Better World we’re on our most important journey yet – to a better, more sustainable future and one which will ensure the long-term success of our business. 

“We’re clear that we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the planet and have a detailed plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The airline also announced a new collaboration with energy provider bp to source sustainable aviation fuel for its flights between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh during the UK

COP26 sustainability conference, providing a lifecycle carbon reduction of up to 80% compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces.

Doyle added: “It is only through working in partnership with Government and industry that we’ll be able to reach our targets.”

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