British Airways starts Sustainability Initiative

As part of its new sustainability programme, BA Better World, British Airways has established a cooperation with energy business bp to procure sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs). 

BMI will provide SAFs for all of the airline’s flights between London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh during the UK’s COP26 climate change meeting, which will be hosted in Glasgow later this year. When compared to standard jet fuel, the SAF sourced for the COP26 timeframe promises a lifecycle carbon reduction of up to 80%, according to BA. 

Customers may now purchase SAFs to minimize their carbon impact through the non-profit organization Pure Leapfrog, according to BA. Customers can now choose to offset their emissions in addition to the existing option. 

The new initiative was introduced at a Heathrow event with the unveiling of an A320neo in the new environmental livery. 

The airline showcased some of the initiatives it has implemented to improve sustainability in the air and on the ground at the event, including switching from diesel to renewable-powered electric pushback vehicles and reducing weight on its aircraft by introducing lighter seats and trollies, inflight magazines, and paper flight manuals. It also detailed its attempts to eliminate single-use plastic and obtain more recycled-content products, including its First Class bedding and World Traveller Plus amenity packages. 

International Airlines Group (IAG), the airline’s parent company, announced in April that it would invest $400 million over the next 20 years in the development of SAF, with British Airways forming partnerships with a number of technology and fuel companies, including Velocys in the UK and LanzaJet in the US, to develop SAF plants and purchase the fuel.