From 1999 to 2009, Finnair cut its carbon dioxide emissions per seat by 22 per cent. By 2017, it intends to reduce this number by another 24 per cent; total reductions per seat from 1999 to 2017 will equal as much as 41 per cent.
Finnair flies Europe’s newest fleet. The average aircraft age is six years, and three years on intercontinental routes. Operating with new aircraft cuts back on fuel consumption and emissions by 20 to 30 per cent. In many cases, flights from Europe to Asia via Helsinki also create fewer emissions than nonstop flights.
Finnair flies the shortest routes between Europe and Asia via Helsinki, reducing kilometres in the air as well as fuel consumption. Passengers and cargo are carried on the same flights.
Between 60 and 80 per cent of Finnair’s landings in Finland are continuous descent approach landings that create fewer emissions. Unnecessary circling in the air or taxiway is avoided.
Finnair’s emissions calculator allows travellers to check their personal fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by plugging in their departure and destination cities. Data assurance is done by PricewaterhouseCoopers and data is updated on a quarterly basis. Freight related CO2 emissions can be calculated with the cargo calculator: http://www.finnaircargo.fi/emissions/index.html
Finnair supports the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) goal of zero-emissions air travel by 2050, as well as a global emissions trading scheme. The company believes that in their environmental work, corporations should exceed official expectations.
Between 2009 and 2010, Finnair’s offices cut down on their paper consumption by 11 per cent. In 2010, Finnair also generated 4.5 per cent less waste than the previous year.
A version of this article was previously published in Finnair´s Blue Wings magazine.
Published August 3, 2011