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British Airways enables customers to purchase carbon removal credits

British Airways made this announcement:

  • British Airways is now offering customers the opportunity to purchase carbon removal credits through its new online platform, CO2llaborate
  • Carbon removal credits are issued by projects that remove CO2 from the atmosphere or from the carbon cycle, and the credits are recognised by scientists, governments and regulators as a vital tool in helping to address climate change
  • This latest pioneering innovation means carbon removals now join the range of options available for British Airways customers to address their flight emissions, along with the existing options of verified carbon offsets and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)
  • This new proposition is believed to be the first time an airline has offered customers this portfolio of options to address their emissions
  • Customers are able to calculate and learn about their flight emissions, and then buy carbon removals credits before or after they fly, or directly from their seat on the aircraft
  • Find out more about carbon removals by watching our video here

British Airways is now offering customers the chance to address their emissions from flying by purchasing certified carbon removal credits. This innovative new approach has been made possible through the airline’s new upgraded climate platform, CO2llaborate, marking another milestone in the airline’s BA Better World sustainability journey.

While the carbon removal industry is still comparatively small in scale, scientists, governments and regulators including the United Nations recognise carbon removal projects as a vital tool to help address climate change.

Traditional carbon offsets are created when a project avoids, reduces or removes additional CO2 emissions from the atmosphere. Carbon removals specifically describe projects that remove CO2 from the atmosphere or from the carbon cycle. Both carbon offsets and carbon removals are important for meeting global climate goals, but the expectation among United Nations climate scientists is that over time, there will be a gradual transition towards supporting more carbon removals as the technological solutions, verification standards and policy support mechanisms mature.

With its parent company International Airlines Group (IAG), British Airways has supported research and innovation to help accelerate the development of cutting-edge carbon removals solutions since 2019, as part of its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner. The airline is committed to supporting a variety of innovative carbon removals solutions and is considering projects that are immediately available and independently verified today, as well as more innovative technology solutions.

While the airline offsets the carbon emissions on all its flights within the UK, British Airways’ customers flying further afield are already able to purchase verified, high-quality carbon offsets and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which is added to the existing fuel pipeline at Heathrow Airport through its partnership with Phillips 66. They can do this via the airline’s CO2llaborate platform to estimate and address their carbon emissions when flying. The platform, created in partnership with CHOOOSE™, enables customers to understand their flight emissions and take steps to address their climate impact before or after their journey or directly from their seat on board, and by adding carbon removals to the portfolio of options available on CO2llaborate, customers have even more control and choice on ways to address the carbon footprint from their flights. Customers are able to calculate their flight emissions and use the adjustable slider to select the amount of SAF versus verified carbon removals, or SAF versus verified carbon offsets they wish to purchase.  This new proposition is believed to be the first time an airline has offered customers this portfolio of options to address their emissions.

From today, British Airways’ customers have the option to select a blend of two recognised and independently certified carbon removal projects on the platform, with more projects planned to be added over time.

Blue Carbon Mangrove Project

The Blue Carbon Mangrove Project is a nature-based project (where plants absorb carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis) in the Indus Delta Area in Pakistan. The project will support greenhouse gas removal by reforestation and revegetation of approximately 225,000 hectares of degraded tidal wetlands with mangrove and other species to absorb carbon dioxide, stabilise the area and protect the coastal area and communities.

Freres Biochar Project

The Freres Biochar project in Oregon, USA, sees the company’s biomass power production plant produce biochar, a carbon-rich charcoal-like material that is created when agricultural and wood waste is used as fuel. The process locks carbon into the solid material and prevents it from naturally decaying, locking carbon away and keeping it out of the atmosphere for several hundreds of years.

Top Copyright Photo: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNA (msn 8108) (Better World) LHR (Richard Vandervord). Image: 955417.

British Airways aircraft photo gallery (Airbus):

Photo: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNA (msn 8108) (Better World) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 955289.

2021 "Better World" special scheme

Copyright Photo: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNA (msn 8108) (Better World) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 955289.

British Airways made this announcement when the special livery was introduced:

Flying is magic – one of humankind’s greatest achievements. It connects us with the rest of our world, brings loved ones closer together and opens our eyes to new experiences and cultures. It drives our economy, creates quality jobs and delivers aid when people need it most. But we recognize that flying comes at a cost to the environment and we need to take urgent action to tackle the impact it has on our planet. At British Airways, we’re on a journey to create a better, more sustainable future. We call it BA Better World.

It means we’re putting sustainability at the heart of our business. From creating a great place for people to work to reducing our emissions and waste and contributing to the communities we serve to build a thriving, resilient, responsible business.

Our actions will help make a more connected world for everyone to live in and we’re excited to bring together our people, our customers and our partners to deliver what we believe will be our greatest achievement.
Below Copyright Photo: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNA (msn 8108) (Better World) LHR (Milan Witham). Image: 955317.

British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNA (msn 8108) (Better World) LHR (Milan Witham). Image: 955317.

British Airways slide show (Airbus):