Aims for Net Zero-Carbon Emissions by 2050
EVA Air seriously considers impacts of climate change and begins working now 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, also encouraged his industry colleagues to fully commit to reopening travel and gradually reinvigorating the airline industry. More about EVA and its commitment to sustainability is available at www.evacsr.com while bookings can be make and travel information found at www.evaair.com.
EVA was the first Taiwan-based airline to promote the “Green Travel” Carbon Offset Program in 2017. 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 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, at the same time, pursues reduced carbon emissions and advances 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 numbers of passengers. It uses light-weight Unit Load Device (ULD) to increase loading weight substantially. And it has introduced its next generation of flight planning systems, enabling it to simply access the EVA data base to optimize flight routes and fuel requirements. EVA has also further improved its aircraft engine performance and fuel-efficiency by cleaning equipment. 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 pays close attention to domestic policies and global actions as it continues to build a comprehensive strategy that will advance reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. EVA urges every airline, government and fuel supplier to make sustainable aviation fuel available to the industry and develop newer technologies needed to support this objective and 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 emission to achieve a zero-carbon goal. During the IATA 77th Annual General Meeting in October, airlines agreed on the same goal. EVA has emphasized the importance of this goal internally and pledged willingness to work closely with global organizations, in addition to putting its own plans into action to achieve the goal.
About EVA Air:
EVA Air is a Star Alliance member and is one of 11 SKYTRAX-rated 5-Star airlines worldwide. It also ranked 7th among the SKYTRAX World’s Top 10 Airlines and secured additional spots in SKYTRAX’s top 10 for Best Economy Class Onboard Catering, Best Business Class Airlines, World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness, World’s Best Airport Services and more. It won a spot in Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards for the Top 10 Airlines in the World and Travel + Leisure readers voted it in the Top-10 International Airlines. TripAdvisor recognized it among the “Top 10 Airlines – World” and awarded it top spots in four more categories in its Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines while it also earned a place in AirlineRatings.com’s “Best of the Best” World’s Best Airlines 2021 after similarly high ratings for safety and COVID compliance in January.
The carrier was established in 1989 as Taiwan’s first privately owned international airline. It is part of the respected Evergreen Group and a sister company to global container-shipping leader Evergreen Line. It flies a fleet of more than 80 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to over 60 international destinations throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America where gateways are Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver. Travelers can learn more about EVA destinations, schedules and services or book and buy tickets at www.evaair.com.