Climate protection and emissions

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The number of passengers worldwide will exceed three billion for the first time in 2013. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that passenger numbers will double by 2030. Fuel consumption and environmental pollution will rise in step with the increasing need for mobility.

Aviation is responsible for just 2 percent of global CO2 emissions. Measured against all forms of transport, aviation generates 12 percent of CO2 emissions. By comparison: Road traffic accounts for 74 percent of transport-related emissions.

Despite this, the aviation industry has signed up to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. Austrian Airlines has committed itself to the ambitious climate protection targets of the aviation industry:

  • To improve the fuel efficiency of the airlines by an average of 1.5% per year up to 2020
  • To achieve CO2-neutral growth from 2020
  • To halve CO2 emissions by 2050 (compared to 2005)

Austrian Airlines is working hard to reduce environmental impacts and emissions. The avoidance of emissions goes hand in hand with the reduction in fuel consumption. For this reason, we are implementing numerous efficiency-enhancing measures both on the ground and on board.

Four-pillar strategy for climate protection

In order to reduce the specific CO2 emissions generated by air traffic and to achieve the defined climate targets, Austrian Airlines pursues the proven four-pillar strategy developed by the aviation industry:

 Our commitment is having an effect

We have constantly reduced our CO2 emissions in recent years. Austrian Airlines is becoming ever more fuel-efficient! With average specific fuel consumption of 3.98 litres per 100 passenger kilometres, our emissions are well below the average of IATA aircraft worldwide - this figure is comparable to the fuel consumption of a small passenger car.

In addition, we have succeeded in sharply reducing the amount of hazardous waste we produce, implemented energy-saving concepts in various areas, and consistently renewed our fleet. These measures further reduce emissions and noise pollution and help not only the environment but also Austrian Airlines on its journey to a profitable future.