BA enables customers to buy carbon removal credits

By Linsey McNeill
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British Airways is giving passengers the option to buy carbon removal credits via its new online platform, CO2llaborate.

Customers can buy credits with two projects that remove CO2 from the atmosphere or from the carbon cycle.

BA says the credits are recognised by scientists, governments and regulators ‘as a vital tool in helping to address climate change’.

The airline believes it is the first to offer customers a portfolio of options to address their flight emissions, which includes carbon offsets and sustainable aviation fuel, as well as carbon removal credits.

BA’s CO2llaborate platform enables customers to calculate their flight emissions before or after their journey or directly from their seat on board.

BA Director of Sustainability Carrie Harris said: “In 2019, when we committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, we identified that a vital way to meet this goal would be by using carbon removals and we currently expect that these could contribute up to a third of our total action.

“While we continue to drive action to reduce our emissions now, including by improving operational efficiency, investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft and scaling up the availability of sustainable aviation fuel, we’re excited to be supporting research and innovation to accelerate the scale-up of carbon removals solutions.

“By choosing carbon removals projects as part of their action to address the emissions associated with flying, our customers are not only joining us on our journey to a more sustainable future, but also helping accelerate the development of the vital carbon removal industry.”

From today, BA customers can select a blend of two independently certified carbon removal projects on the platform, Blue Carbon Mangrove in Pakistan, and Freres Biochar in Oregon, USA, with more projects planned to be added in the future.

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