BA’s world-beating target turns out to have a rival

British Airways claims a world first in pledging to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by half between 2005 and 2050. But another major airline has already set itself targets that are just as challenging.

British Airways claims its new target for halving its annual carbon dioxide emissions between 2005 and 2050 "is the most ambitious set by any airline".

But last March Scandinavian airline SAS pledged to cut its emissions by 20% by 2020 from a 2007 baseline, with the "possibility" of flying with zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. SAS’s environment director Niels-Erik Nertun told ENDS: "That far in the future, it’s some sort of a vision or goal - but it is a reachable possibility."

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