We've embarked on our most important journey yet – Flight NZ0™.
Flight NZ0 is not just a name, it's a commitment that we will find a more sustainable way to connect with the world and reach our goal of net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.
It is clear that the climate crisis is continuing to accelerate rapidly. We are acutely aware that in order to continue to connect Kiwis to the world and the world to us, we must work hard to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
To guide us on our journey, we have set an ambitious 2030 interim science-based target, validated by the Science Based Targets initiative, to reduce carbon intensity by 28.9%, from a 2019 baseline.
Sustainable aviation fuel
SAF is fuel made from a variety of sustainable resources other than crude oil, such as used cooking oils, landfill waste, forestry waste, carbon captured from the air and green hydrogen. It typically reduces lifecycle carbon emissions by 70 percent or more compared with traditional fossil jet fuel.
Next generation aircraft technology
Next generation aircraft technology represents the new age of innovation for the aviation industry. The last step change in aviation technology was the development of the jet airliner in the 1960s, now next generation aircraft are a promising solution to reduce aviation carbon emissions.
Operational carbon efficiency
We can further reduce our carbon emissions by implementing projects both on the ground and in the air to streamline our operations and make them more efficient. From reducing weight on our aircraft through to aircraft switching auxiliary power units off and connecting to electricity while at the gate, the more efficient our operations are, the less carbon we emit.
Carbon removal solutions
To meet our net zero 2050 ambition we will need to utilise credible carbon removal solutions aligned to international best practice to address remaining carbon emissions. Our priority is to reduce gross emissions as much as technology will allow, before utilising carbon removals as a last resort.
In the meantime, we voluntarily purchase and retire carbon credits for the carbon emissions associated with our staff travelling for work on the Air New Zealand network. We also offer the ability for our customers to purchase and retire carbon credits and support biodiversity projects in New Zealand via our Voluntary Emissions Contribution Programme.