Flying towards

zero emissions

Decarbonisation is a core pillar of our sustainability strategy; to reduce carbon emissions in every part of our business and in doing so, protect the planet. In a pledge to be carbon neutral by 2050, we’re on a journey to transform the future of aviation. And it’s our most important journey so far.

Read our CO2 Emission Statement.

Zero net emissions by 2050

We’re committed to our goal of achieving zero net carbon emissions by 2050. To do that, we pledge to achieve a 20% reduction in emissions intensity by 2025, and by 2035, we aim to have cut 2019 net emissions by 50%. 

But we’re not stopping there. 

From our innovative Etihad Greenliner and advanced flight planning systems to the use of sustainable fuels, we’re working with industry leaders to guarantee we keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

Etihad Greenliner

Through our innovative sustainability programme, the Etihad Greenliner continues to trial new technologies that make our flights more energy efficient.

In partnership with Boeing and GE, we’re testing new green technologies – including the use of sustainable alternative fuels (SAFs) and eco-friendly in-flight products – on our Dreamliner fleet, with a specially-themed Boeing 787 at the helm.

Sustainable Flights

We launched our first Eco Flight back in 2019 to test and develop advanced solutions that tackle key sustainability challenges.

We took that one step further in October 2021 and flew our first Sustainable Flight – the most environmentally-friendly flight in our history.

Powered by almost 40% sustainable fuels, Sustainable Flights reduce primary carbon emissions by 72% and use 80% fewer single-use plastics on board.

They’re also an exciting opportunity to trial innovative and eco-friendly products. We use our Sustainable Flights to challenge local and global suppliers and champion those who step up to the plate.

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ecoDemonstrator programme

Building on our successful Greenliner programme, the ecoDemonstrator programme used commercial aircraft as flying testbeds to improve the entire aviation ecosystem; from cabins and landing gears to CO2 emissions and noise.

In partnership with Boeing, the 2020 programme was the first to use a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.

Fuel efficiency programme

Our dedicated Fuel Efficiency Steering Committee focuses on implementing fuel-saving initiatives across the business.

At the same time, Etihad is actively optimising approach, flight path and continuous descent and ascent operations on our routes to save fuel. We also use the latest digital navigation charts and Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) burn management methods to find the most efficient ways of flying.

Sustainable fuels

By supporting the development of sustainable fuels, we're able to significantly reduce our carbon emissions.

We’re a founding partner of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC). Working closely with our partners, we’re identifying feedstock for sustainable aviation fuels and leading the development of saltwater-tolerant plants. Oil from those plants is used to produce biofuel.

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Lighter planes, fewer emissions

Lighter planes mean less fuel burn, and therefore fewer emissions. From calculating how much water we need on board to encouraging guests to pack a bit less, we do everything we can to make sure our planes are as light as possible.

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Modern fleet

We have one of the youngest, most innovative fleets in the world. On average, the Boeing 787-9 is over 60% more fuel-efficient per trip, and up to 35% more efficient per seat than similar aircraft – that’s why they’re the flagship of our passenger fleet.

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