Today Iberia is unveiling its Offset Corporate Programme, allowing Iberia’s corporate clients to travel more responsibly by offsetting their carbon footprints on Iberia Group flights. This is achieved by contributing to carbon offset projects, intended to conserve ecosystems in Guatemala and in Peru. Iberia is the first IAG airline to offer such an option to its corporate clients.
In collaboration with CHOOOSE, a company taking part in IAG’s Hangar 51 start-up accelerator programme, Iberia will create monthly carbon footprint reports available to its corporate clients, along with certificates of their offsetting contributions to one or both projects.
One of the projects is intended to conserve Guatemala's Izabal coastline, and the other is the Nii Kaniti project to assist indigenous communities in managing forest lands in the Amazon region of Peru.
Sustainability, a key component of Iberia’s “Next Chapter” Strategic Plan
This carbon offset programme for corporate clients is part of Iberia’s strategy to advance towards the decarbonisation of the commercial aviation industry. Iberia´s sustainablility porgramme is based in four pillars:
- The ecological transition of the aviation sector, which includes fleet renewal initiatives, more efficient operations, and the use of sustainable aviation fuels, among other initiatives.
- The creation of a more sustainable travel experience for customers,, through the digitization of services, the progressive elimination of plastics on board, the development of its waste management system and the compensation of the carbon footprint.
- Training, awareness and participation in matters of sustainability for Iberia employees, with the aim of turning them into ambassadors of its strategy.
- Commitment to society, valuing everything that aviation contributes to society through connectivity, and support for R&D&i research with the Iberia Chair.
Social and environmental sustainability is also one of the pillars in Iberia's strategic plan for the next three years - Next Chapter - which, with the commitment of its employees, will allow the airline to ensure its financial strength, position itself as the preferred airline among travellers, strengthening its position in the Madrid hub and advancing in the ecological transition of the airline sector.
10% of flights operated with sustainable aviation fuels
Iberia is part of IAG, the first airline group to commit to achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, and is one of the 10 global companies recognized by the United Nations for its ambitious decarbonisation goals. In April 2021, IAG went a step further and became the first airline group in Europe to commit to operating 10 percent of its flights with sustainable aviation fuel by 2030. Commitments that Iberia has made, like the rest of the companies that belong to the Group.
In November 2021, Iberia and the Spanish oil company Repsol partnered to operate the first flight powered by biofuel from waste, cutting CO2 emissions by 1.4 tonnes. It flew between Madrid and Bilbao. Measured in life-cycle terms, such fuels can be up to 80% cleaner than conventional jet fuel. The partners are now planning a long-haul flight using sustainable fuel.
Pioneer in Sustainability Reports
Iberia today also published its annual Sustainability Report for 2021, its 26th since it pioneered such reports in Spain in 1994.
The report details the airline’s sustainability strategy, along with its achievements in 2021, when it resumed services to nearly all its pre-pandemic destinations.
The years also marks the 75th anniversary of its first flights to Latin America. Innovations included the digitalisation of health documentation and procedures, and the design of a simpler, more comfortable, and safer travel experience for passengers.
The efficiency of the handling unit Iberia Airport Services was also enhanced via digitalisation, and the introduction of more sustainable, cleaner, and quieter electric ground vehicles, many of them remotely controlled.