Philippine Airlines targets net zero emissions by 2050

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to attain net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in support of international agreements for climate action, including the Paris Agreement and the Glasgow Climate Pact.

The Philippine flag carrier is investing in an all-out carbon reduction programme as part of a multi-year commitment to combat the worldwide scourge of climate change.

From left: Philippine Airlines’ Stanley Ng and Glenn Banaguas

“Our Net Zero initiative comes at a crucial time for the international aviation industry, which is seeking to further lessen its environmental impact in response to the global scientific community’s clarion call against irreversible climate change,” said PAL president & COO, Stanley Ng.

PAL’s Net Zero goal will be holistic and comprehensive, covering both flight and ground operations – it has shifted to renewable energy for the electricity supply of its major offices and is working on the potential use of sustainable aviation fuel to power its fleet of high-technology aircraft.

Continually improving its operational efficiency by implementing fuel efficiency initiatives such as Single Engine Taxi In and Reduced Acceleration Altitude that help reduce CO2 emissions while adhering to strict safety standards, PAL seeks to develop a robust Net Zero Emissions (NZE) strategy and take substantive actions to foster a more earth-friendly aviation environment based on scientific best practices in the long term.

To underscore PAL’s commitment to improve its carbon footprint, the airline has tapped the services of United Nations-acclaimed climate scientist and science diplomat Glenn Banaguas to help guide the company’s efforts. With Banaguas’ guidance, PAL aims to conduct comprehensive assessments of its overall greenhouse gas emissions and move towards full decarbonisation.

PAL aims to develop a roadmap for its own NZE strategy; develop and integrate emissions scenarios projected until 2050 using internationally accepted models and relevant standards; and develop and recommend science- and evidence-based targets as well as gender-based programmes for the entire PAL community.

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