Commitment to cleaner skies

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The aviation industry has taken a crucial step toward sustainable development with the signing of an agreement to support carbon-neutral growth. The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, put forth by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is the result of an agreement between 191 countries. In the scheme, airlines would have to purchase carbon credits to offset for their emissions. A pilot phase will begin in 2021 with 65 countries, and in 2027 participation by most nations will become mandatory.

Kati Ihamäki, Finnair’s director of corporate responsibility, says that she’s happy to see this milestone reached. “Finnair has been advocating the creation of a global emission reduction scheme for many years,” she adds.

Finnair has set aggressive goals to reduce its own emissions, and is part of both the Climate Leadership Council and the CDP’s (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) Nordic Disclosure Leadership Index. Earlier this year the airline was awarded “Prime” status in the 2016 Corporate Responsibility Review of OEKOM Research, a sustainability rating organization.

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Text by Laura Palotie
Image by Airbus

This article was originally published in Finnair's Blue Wings magazine (November 2016).

 

Published October 25, 2016

Category: Environment, Finnair Cargo, Corporate Responsibility

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