The airline industry faces increasing pressures to reduce its carbon emissions. Aviation contributes about 2 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and while far from the most polluting industry, it is receiving more and more public scrutiny and needs to clean up its act.

In Sustainability in Travel 2021: Environmental Performance of the Six Largest Airlines we use the short, medium, and long-term targets of the International Air Transport Association for emission reductions to analyze how some of the largest airline companies stack up to emission reduction targets.

The report investigates the performance of Air France-KLM, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, International Airlines Group, Lufthansa, and United Airlines. Find out which company performed best, and which is the highest polluter, by subscribing to Skift Research.

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What You’ll Learn From This Report

  • The airline company leaders and laggards in emission reduction.
  • How the aviation industry tracks and reports its emissions, and how this can be improved.
  • The targets set to reduce emissions by airline bodies and individual airlines.
  • How close the largest airlines are to achieving short-, medium-, and long-term goals.
  • The shortcomings of current metrics and initiatives to meet medium- and long-term goals.

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