Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group, which includes Singapore Airlines, Scoot and SIA Cargo, has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The group announced the plan yesterday.
Picture Singapore Airlines plane credit Roderick Eime on flickr
SIA Group has already made a number of moves into sustainability. Solar panels have been installed at its office buildings in Singapore which is predicted to generate 18% of its electricity demand.
It has also introduced sustainable paper packaging and bamboo cutlery to its Economy class dining. Tableware and food waste will be sent to an eco-digestor where it will be converted to energy pellets that can replace fossil fuels and coal. The change in cutlery and packaging not only reduces use of single-use plastic but is also lighter and so reduces fuel consumption.
“Today, the most effective and direct way for an airline to materially lower carbon emissions is by operating a young fleet of aircraft. The SIA group fleet has an average age of under six years, making it one of the youngest in the world. Over the last year, we have retired 45 older aircraft. We will be gradually replacing them with new-generation aircraft that are up to 30 percent more fuel efficient, and will substantially lower our emissions in coming years.”Singapore Airlines
Together with replacing older planes, the company aims to utilise, wherever possible, sustainable aviation fuels.
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