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Wed, 20 December 2023

oneworld Airlines to Contribute Data to IATA’s CO2 Connect Emissions Calculator

(20/12/23)  All 13 oneworld member airlines have committed to contributing operational data to IATA’s CO2 Connect emissions calculator.

Including fuel burn data from so many leading airlines will help to further improve the quality and accuracy of the tool.

Data will be provided by the following airlines: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian and SriLankan Airlines.

“oneworld is proud to be the first global airline alliance to support IATA’s work to provide customers with high-quality estimates of the CO2 emissions of their flights,” said Grace Cheung, oneworld Environmental and Sustainability Board Chair and General Manager Sustainability, Cathay Pacific. “Our collaboration with IATA on CO2 Connect will in turn help key players across the aviation sector, including airlines, aircraft manufacturers and travel management companies among others, to make better and more informed choices for travelers and enhanced ESG reporting.”

Malaysia Airlines A350-900 reg: 9M-MAC. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
Malaysia Airlines A350-900 reg: 9M-MAC. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

IATA launched CO2 Connect in June 2022, with the objective of using member airline data, such as fuel burn, belly cargo and load factors, to provide per flight passenger CO2 emission calculations.

Paired with other IATA and open market data sources, IATA CO2 Connect calculates CO2 emissions for 74 aircraft types, representing ~98% of the active global passenger fleet, and considers traffic data from 881 aircraft operators representing ~93% of global air travel.

IATA CO2 Connect data calculations are available to industry partners through an API or flat file, as well as via airline sales channels and travel management companies.

“Travelers want to make informed choices regarding their CO2 footprint and IATA CO2 Connect set out to provide CO2 emission calculations based on operational data,” said Marie Owens Thomsen, IATA Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Chief Economist. “We are delighted that oneworld will become the first airline alliance to join this initiative, bringing in its 13 member airlines as data contributors. Their decision underscores the importance of the industry’s objective of providing consistency and alignment in this field.”

In a recent opinion poll, 90% of travelers stated that they have a responsibility to know about the carbon emissions of their flight, but only two in five actually do so.

While 84% of those surveyed acknowledged that it is easy to find tools to accurately estimate their carbon emissions, the vast majority (90%) expect airlines or travel agents to provide them with this information, indicating a reliance on the industry to proactively inform passengers about the carbon impact of their flights.

IATA recently launched a corporate reporting solution for business travel and next year will introduce CO2 compensation solutions to support airlines and other industry partners.

A Cargo calculator is also in development to launch in 2024, supporting demands from shippers and freight forwarders to access accurate CO2 emissions derived from actual airline data.

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