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.
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.
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.
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.
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, and all test flights were conducted using 30% – 50% sustainable aviation fuels.
Following completion of testing, the “Abu Dhabi for the World” decaled aircraft arrived with the world’s highest volume of 50% sustainable aviation fuels, avoiding 60 tonnes of CO2.
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.
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.
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.
As part of our decarbonisation strategy, we have one of the youngest, most innovative and fuel-efficient fleets in the world. On average, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is 15-25% more efficient than similar aircraft and the flagship of our Etihad Sustainability fleet. And our newest Airbus A350-1000 aircraft are powered by Rolls Royce WXB.