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Every drop of fuel counts, says IATA as LOT joins the race to Net Zero, ET Infra


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Polish airline LOT is the latest to join the league of airlines engaged in IATA Fuel Efficiency Gap Analysis (FEGA) in pursuit of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, uncovering substantial potential to curtail its annual fuel consumption significantly.

This translates into a yearly reduction of tens of thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions from LOT’s operational footprint.

“Every drop counts. Since its inception in 2005, FEGA has empowered airlines to identify cumulative savings of 15.2 million tonnes of carbon by reducing fuel consumption by 4.76 million tonnes,” said Marie Owens Thomsen, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Sustainability and Chief Economist.

“LOT exemplifies the latest airline committed to exploring every conceivable avenue to enhance fuel efficiency. This not only benefits the environment but also bolsters the bottom line,” she added.

The FEGA team analysed LOT’s operations, benchmarking them against industry standards in flight dispatch, ground operations, and flight procedures, successfully identifying substantial fuel-saving potentials.

The most significant opportunities were pinpointed in areas such as flight planning, emission reduction through the implementation of aviation procedures, and refueling operations.

“FEGA has shed light on specific areas where we can enhance fuel efficiency. The next crucial step is implementation to realise the benefits of improved environmental performance and reduced operating costs,” said Dorota Dmuchowska, Chief Operating Officer at LOT Polish Airlines.

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“FEGA not only yields immediate benefits for the airlines undergoing the process by reducing fuel consumption but also contributes to elevating the entire industry’s environmental performance,” stated Frederic Leger, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Commercial Products and Services. “As FEGA continually refines its effectiveness through accumulated experience and expanding capabilities using anonymized and aggregated airline data, its role becomes increasingly pivotal. Importantly, realising the identified savings from FEGA will provide vital support as airlines transition to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in pursuit of the net-zero emissions target by 2050,” Leger added.

On average, FEGA has consistently identified fuel savings of 4.4 per cent per audited airline. When extrapolated across all audited carriers, these savings, primarily stemming from optimisations in flight operations and dispatch, are equivalent to removing 3.4 million fuel-powered cars from the road.

  • Published On Sep 21, 2023 at 03:31 PM IST

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