Going green


For the past two years, Finnair has been part of the Aviation Global Deal (AGD) Group, which has proposed an international agreement to reduce aviation emissions. The proposal was created for the United Nations climate sum­mit, held in Copenhagen in December of 2009.


“An emissions trading deal must be global in order to actually achieve emissions reductions in aviation,” said Kati Ihamäki, Finnair’s vice president of sustainable development. “The Aviation Global Deal is the right step towards fewer emissions in the future.”

The basic mechanism pro­posed by the AGD Group is a global agreement covering carbon dioxide emis­sions from all international air transport providers. Net emissions reductions will be achieved by setting a global emissions reduction target for the sector and allocating allowances to airlines, which they can top up through the purchase of carbon credits.

The AGD Group’s mem­bers are the international NGO The Climate Group, Air France/KLM, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia, airport operator BAA, Finnair, LOT Polish Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Finnair’s goal is to reduce its emissions by 24 per cent between 2009 and 2017, and the airline continues to work with the ADG Group to advocate a global emissions trading model. Since 2010, air travel has been part of the EU Emissions Trading System.

Text by Katja Pantzar
Photo iStockphoto

A version of this article was previously published in Finnair´s Blue Wings magazine (Summer 2009).


Published January 23, 2010

Category: Environment, Finnair Cargo, Corporate Responsibility