Qatar Airways Group says it’s reinforcing its commitment to protect the planet by highlighting its key environmental initiatives; recognising sustainability as a strategy to build resilience post-COVID-19.
Qatar Airways Group has stated that it’s reinforcing its commitment to protect the planet, and says it’s dedicated to environmental leadership across all of its entities, including airline, airport operations, aviation and catering services, retail outlets and hotels.
“It is our ambition as an airline to minimise our impact on the environment, and facilitate continued global travel and commerce while limiting carbon emissions,” His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive said.
“We must act boldly and decisively to make necessary changes, acknowledging that it is innovation which will drive the industry forward for a sustainable future.”
How will Qatar be achieving this?
Already accredited to the highest level in the IATA Environmental Assessment Programme (IEnvA), Qatar Airways has committed as a Oneworld member airline, to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, becoming part of the first global alliance to unite behind a common target to achieve carbon neutrality.
The airline says its most advanced aircraft technology and fuel-optimisation initiatives are part of a comprehensive strategy to address its CO2 emissions, and it continues to remain compliant with the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), and the ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).
The airline’s hub, Hamad International Airport, is set to be the first airport in the region to achieve a 4-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) rating as part of plans to expand its capacity to more than 53 million passengers annually by 2022.
The terminal will also be a LEED Silver certified building, featuring a number of innovative energy efficiency measures.
In February 2020 Aeropolitical & Regulatory Summit, the ‘Doha Declaration’ highlighted the growing need for sustainable operations and engaging stakeholders to collectively address climate change and promote sustainability in the aviation industry.
The declaration states that it is essential for the travel and tourism industry to engage collectively to reduce emissions and secure environmental sustainability for future generations.
In line with this, Qatar Airways has a range of ongoing and recent initiatives that promote sustainability, including:
- A modern, fuel-efficient fleet of aircraft
- Aircraft Fuel & CO2 Emission Reduction Initiatives
- Voluntary Carbon Offset Programme for Passengers
- Reducing waste and applying the principles of a circular economy across our businesses
- Food waste reduction
- Water conservation and optimisation
- Supporting Wildlife
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