CO2 emissions are the single most pressing issue for any airline and we need to take action. We aim to be carbon neutral by the end of 2045. Our first milestone is already by the end of 2025; we will cut our net emissions by 50% from the 2019 level. That includes also having net zero CO2 emissions in non-flight operations. We are committed to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal number 13, to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

What we will do

Our key actions for future CO2 reduction

  • Each new generation of aircraft improves fuel efficiency dramatically. During 2020-2025, we will invest 3.5-4 billion euros into the renewal and growth of our fleet. The fleet renewal will reduce CO2 emissions in Finnair’s European traffic by 10-15 %.
  • We decrease the weight of our aircraft, as it has a direct impact on fuel burn and emissions. This is a joint effort by everyone working with aircraft purchases, cabin, service design, cargo and technical services at Finnair.
  • We increase the use of sustainable aviation fuels. By the end of 2025, we expect to spend approximately 10 million euros annually on sustainable aviation fuels. Our biofuel partner Finland-based Neste, the world's largest producer of sustainable aviation fuels refined from waste.
  • We continue to invest in fuel efficiency, every day, with every single flight. This means fuel-efficient flight planning, reducing the weight of the aircraft, and operating each flight as fuel efficiently as possible. Our pilots are in a key role in this; they have a concrete impact on fuel burn and CO2 emissions during flights. Our flight planning and our ground operations also contribute to fuel efficiency.
  • We are investing in research to help accelerate the development of new solutions, such as synthetic fuels and electric flying.

What we have already done

Our key actions in CO2 reduction in Finnair in 2019

  • Two new Airbus A350 aircraft were incorporated to A350 fleet. They are on average 20-25 % more fuel-efficient than their predecessors.
  • Our fuel consumption per passenger was 2,8 liters per 100 kilometers, or 3,7 liters per 100 kilometers including cargo
  • We had a total of three biofuel flights, which reduced CO2 emissions by 82 tonnes.
  • All diesel-driven ground service vehicles at our home hub Helsinki airport are running on biodiesel, reducing CO2 emissions by 155 tonnes.
  • The air operations energy efficiency was improved by 1.0%, through reducing the weight of flights and improving flying procedures. Up to 80% of Finnair landings at Helsinki Airport are with fuel and noise reducing Continuous Decent Approaches (CDA).

As part of our effort to promote transparency and comparability in calculating air transport emissions, we have developed an advanced emissions calculator based on actual cargo, passenger and fuel consumption data.