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EVA pledges to fight climate change aims for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Thu, 11/18/2021 - 04:02
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In 2017, EVA became the first Taiwan-based airline to embrace the “Green Travel” Carbon Offset Program.

Taipei, Taiwan – EVA Air has begun work to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Taiwan-based airline made its case for sustainability at the 65th annual conference of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), held online and cohosted by EVA. Clay Sun, the airline’s president, encouraged his commercial aviation colleagues to also commit to fighting climate change now as they reopen travel and gradually reinvigorate the airline industry. More about EVA and its commitment to sustainability is available at www.evacsr.com  while bookings can be made and travel information found at www.evaair.com.

In 2017, EVA became the first Taiwan-based airline to embrace the “Green Travel” Carbon Offset Program. As soon as a passenger buys a ticket on the EVA website, they can go to a dedicated website at https://evaair.co2analytics.com/home and calculate their carbon emissions based on seating class, flight distance and the number of passengers in their party. Passengers can also choose to donate equal or optional amounts to support ClimateCare’s international carbon reduction project for “zero-carbon travel.”

“The airline industry contributes 3.5 trillion US dollars to the global economy, generates 88 million jobs and, as we do that, can pursue reduced carbon emissions and advance toward sustainability,” said EVA President Clay Sun. “We ask governments worldwide to approve use of sustainable aviation fuels and support alternative energy research and production facilities. We also strongly appeal to all airlines to comply with standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Together, our industry can help reduce global warming.”

EVA uses the more eco-friendly Boeing 777-300ERs and 787s as the backbone of its operations. It uses Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) fleetwide to replace paper manuals. It saves water and onboard service supplies by being flexible and making adjustments based on flight distance and the number of passengers. It uses light-weight Unit Load Devices (ULD) to increase loading weight substantially. And it has introduced its next generation of flight planning systems, enabling it to simply access the EVA database to optimize flight routes and fuel requirements. EVA further improves aircraft engine performance and fuel efficiency by keeping its equipment clean. In 2020, EVA saved a total of 13,218 tons of fuel, reducing emissions by 41,636 tons of CO2e.

“Reaching for the sky with energy-savings, pursuing efficiency and becoming a leader for environmental protection” is a fundamental goal in every detail of operations and for the entire EVA management team. EVA will continue to pay close attention to domestic policies and global actions as it advances its comprehensive strategy to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help create a sustainable future.

At the recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), leaders representing different countries reached a consensus on addressing weather-related issues and explored ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to achieve a zero-carbon goal. During the IATA 77th Annual General Meeting in October, airlines agreed to the same goal. EVA has emphasized the importance of this goal internally and pledged a willingness to work closely with global organizations, in addition to putting its own plans into action to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

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