On target for emission cuts
Finnair’s measures to reduce emissions are leading the way in aviation.
The targets are transparent and achievable, and in line with those set by the industry, namely to improve fuel efficiency by 1.5 per cent annually, to attain carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards, and to halve emissions from the 2005 level by 2050. In addition, Finnair is slashing carbon dioxide emissions by 17 per cent by 2020 compared with the 2013 level.
The updating of the long-haul fleet with Airbus A350 aircraft is already demonstrating its effectiveness. In 2017 the annual target was exceeded, and emissions were cut by 6.7 per cent measured on the basis of unit-specific revenue tonne kilometres of carbon dioxide.
“Aircraft weight has a direct bearing on fuel consumption,” explains Hanna Salmi, fuel efficiency manager. “If each Finnair passenger over a single year left out one kilo of luggage, it would lead to savings of 1.166 million kilos of fuel. That represents about 20 flights to Tokyo.”
Outi Merilä, who leads operational environmental management, notes, “If passengers make the right eco-smart choices when flying, they can contribute to emission cuts by as much as 30 per cent. Choose an airline with modern, fuel-efficient aircraft, fly direct routes, and avoid bigger, more crowded airports.”
Merilä also adds that customers can donate Finnair Plus points to help charities such as UNICEF’s Schools for Asia and the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation in Madagascar.
Text Tim Bird