Vietnam Airlines, Vietnam’s national carrier, has officially joined the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) CO2 Connect project to analyze CO2 emissions.

Vietnam Airlines inked a partnership agreement to participate in CO2 Connect at the IATA AGM in Dubai, becoming the first Vietnamese airline to do so. Under the agreement, Vietnam Airlines will provide operational data to IATA’s CO2 Connect emissions calculator, which will compute CO2 emissions per passenger for each route and aircraft type.

The worldwide aviation industry’s key aims are to reduce CO2 emissions and promote sustainable development. However, CO2 emissions have been measured and reported inconsistently because to the various methodology employed by different airlines.

To address this, IATA launched the CO2 Connect project, which aims to provide a uniform platform for airlines to calculate CO2 emissions consistently and aid airlines and customers in making ecologically responsible decisions. The project employs the standard industry RP-1726 approach, which is well-known for its correctness and compatibility with the majority of industry standards.

Several other major airlines have joined the project, including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and Qatar Airways.

By joining in CO2 Connect, Vietnam Airlines demonstrates its commitment to sustainable development, helping to achieve the target of net-zero emissions by 2050, which Vietnam pledged at the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

On May 27, Vietnam Airlines became the first Vietnamese airline to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for a commercial flight. The airline intends to work with Con Dao to accomplish the “sustainable flight route” project, which will include environmental preservation activities and plastic trash reduction to protect landscapes and habitats.


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