April 8, 2021
Unfortunately, it is not viable to put large-scale solar PV systems or wind turbines onto aeroplanes… yet. So as the world heads towards a carbon net-zero future, what can airlines do to ensure that they are contributing towards this goal?
Fortunately, you don’t need to be putting renewable energy sources directly onto planes to make a difference. Here are the key things that your airline can do to reduce its CO2 emissions, help the environment and reduce operational costs at the same time.
Power all of your terminal activities with solar
Of all the business operations out there, few enjoy the sheer volume of space that airports have.
By tapping into this space, airlines can band together and install large-scale solar systems that will completely pay for the energy needs of all operations inside of the airport terminal. That means all heating and cooling, bagging and processing operations, lighting – every electrical operation has an alternative, which means enormous savings and a drastically reduced footprint.
As airports have so much space available for solar panels, you can even generate excess electricity which can be sold back to the grid – effectively turning your operation into a clean, green power station all on its own.
Offsetting emissions is one of the best ways that airlines can help
When passengers are selecting their flight, they are presented with several options to choose from, including where they want to sit, food services, entertainment packages and partnered charities that they can donate towards – all with the simple click of a mouse.
CarbonClick allows you to add a simple offset option to that menu so that your passengers can help drive your journey towards a net-zero future.
Their small donation will go towards funding real environmental projects around the world, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States, that include tree-planting operations to help suck CO2 out of the atmosphere. They can monitor and track how they are making a difference, and you can watch your footprint fall as an airline organisation with our simple dashboard.
It is a win-win solution for both passengers and your business – not to mention the enormous benefits the environment will enjoy from your efforts.
This will help airlines grow into major enterprises again
The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially brutal on airlines due to the extreme limitations on flying internationally and domestically. It is an industry that faces a slow recovery, and each airline will be looking for every advantage it can get to recover faster.
The modern consumer is looking for their brands to be more sustainable, and is more likely to select a brand that is doing something to combat climate change rather than a brand that is not. This includes airlines, so choosing to offset your emissions is not only going to help you save the planet, it is going to be a marketable activity that can help you entice passengers to choose your airline over the competition.