Industry standard

IATA creates industry standard to measure carbon emissions

The airline association IATA has created a new methodology to calculate the amount of carbon emissions produced by a passenger on a specific flight.

The launch of the IATA Recommended Practices Calculation Methodology for Calculating CO2 Per Passenger is designed to provide trade buyers with an “accurate and standardized” way to measure emissions from their travelers’ journeys and benchmark them against the organization’s reduction goals.

Willie Walsh, IATA Director General, said: “Airlines have worked together through IATA to develop an accurate and transparent methodology using verified airline operational data.

“This provides the most accurate CO2 calculation for organizations and individuals to make informed choices about sustainable flight. This includes decisions on whether to invest in voluntary carbon offsetting or sustainable fuel use. aviation (SAF).

The IATA methodology takes into account several factors, including fuel measurements, CO2 emissions calculations, the airline cabin the traveler is traveling in, and the use of SAF and carbon offsets.

Walsh added, “The plethora of carbon calculation methodologies with varying results creates confusion and undermines consumer confidence. By creating an accepted industry standard for calculating aviation carbon emissions, we are putting in place critical support to achieve this goal.