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Finnair to become a green airline by 2050

world Updated: Dec 06, 2009 15:30 IST

As world leaders meet in Copenhagen tomorrow to agree on measures to save the planet from global warming, a Nordic airline, Finnair, has said it hopes to become a near zero-emission carrier by 2050.

The European carrier has already improved its ranking in Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), a global measure for climate impact by analysing emission rates. According to a report by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the Nordic airline has doubled its result from last year to 61 CDLI.

The CDC gathers information on the greenhouse gas emissions of various corporations and their strategies to reduce them, so that companies and decision-makers can combat climate change through their actions.

"The very best airlines reached over 60 points, which also makes Finnair one of the European forerunners in this field," Finnair's VP Sustainable Development Kati Ihamaki said.

Finnair's India Director Kari Stolbow said the airline hopes to become a zero emission carrier by 2050. A typical fuel-efficient Finnair flight for New Delhi -Helsinki- New York saves nine tonnes of fuel which in a way results in 28 tonnes of lower emission.

Finnair has been reporting its climate impact in the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for three years now.

"Around 95 per cent of an airline's emissions result from engine emissions during flying. The biggest environmental act that an airline can make,therefore, is to fly with modern, low-emission aircraft," the official said.

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