Qatar Airways’ fuel optimisation initiatives have helped the national airline to work towards improved efficiency and carbon reduction in addition to its investments in the most advanced aircraft technology.
The national carrier has aligned with the international aviation industry’s climate change goals. With a young fleet of fuel efficient aircraft, including the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787, Qatar Airways continues to offer passengers a sustainable solution for their travel, according to the airline’s Annual Report Fiscal 2020.
“We remain compliant to the European Union’s Emissions Trading System, and are currently monitoring carbon emissions for the baseline year of ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation – CORSIA,” Qatar Airways noted.
Qatar Airways aircraft feature “clean and quiet” engine technology, and by monitoring adherence to airport noise abatement procedures and air quality regulations, it has aligned its operations with the authorities and community requirements at various global destinations.
The airline has successfully retained certification of its core business to IATA’s Environmental Assessment Programme – IEnvA, which is the highest level of certification within the industry and is independently assessed. Environmental management is firmly embedded across the group in our daily operations and decision-making processes.
Through the routine implementation of its Environmental Management System, Qatar Airways is achieving continual improvement via on-going projects, such as retention of the Hamad International Airports’ certification to Level 3 of the Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme and used cooking oil from QACC is recycled locally to create biodiesel. Approximately 20,000 litres of used oil is thus collected each year.
The other such projects as QACC’s paperless initiative identify where technology can be used to replace paper, aircraft waste minimisation and recycling projects, including the ongoing reduction of non-recyclable, single-use plastics in the airline’s on-board services and Qatar Aviation Services’ investment in electric vehicles.
“As an international airline operating across the globe, we recognise the need to balance business operations with long-term corporate sustainability goals and objectives. Our corporate environmental and sustainability strategy aligns with local and international standards and best practice for protecting the environment and society in order to foster the greatest potential for positive influence,” Qatar Airways said.