ACTING TOGETHER FOR RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Our current priority is to gradually resume our operations so you can travel once again on board our flights in the best possible health & safety conditions
We are also continuing our actions to ensure a responsible travel experience, to which we are still fully committed.
“After this crisis, we will more than ever seek to be the pioneers of more sustainable aviation. Innovating and reinventing ourselves so that we may once again bring people, economies and culture together across the skies” (Anne Rigail)

Reduced and offset CO2?emissions

We're taking action to reduce our CO2 emissions by 50% per passenger/km by 2030 (compared to 2005), for a fuel consumption per passenger of less than 3 liters per 100 km.

How?
  • By modernizing our fleet with latest generation aircraft that consume up to 25% less fuel
  • By reducing the weight on board our aircraft (lighter materials and accessories, digital press)
  • By promoting eco-piloting during all phases of flight, as well as during taxiing, and by optimizing flight plans
 
We offset 100% of the CO2 emissions from our flights in metropolitan France by participating in reforestation, biodiversity conservation and energy transition projects, in collaboration with our partner EcoAct. These projects are certified according to the most stringent international standards.

More than 450 flights and 57,000 passengers are affected every day.

We support 7 projects worldwide, and 2 projects which will be developed in France, within the Low Carbon framework.

Worldwide:

Marajó Forest Protection project in Brazil
Floresta de Portel deforestation prevention project in Brazil
Cardamom Forest biodiversity protection project in Cambodia
- Jaguar project for the protection of the rainforest and endangered species in the Peruvian Amazon
Kitalu program for tree planting, rural development and CO2 emission control in Kenya
Hifadhi-Livelihoods forest conservation and economic development project in Kenya
Gandhi Wind Energy project in India

In France:

- Reforestation project in Lerm-et-Musset, Gironde
- Research and development program for the implementation of mangrove plantation projects in the overseas departments and regions
From the time you purchase your ticket to the moment you check in, you have the opportunity to contribute to a reforestation and human development project in France and around the world by donating an amount of your choice.

110,000 trees were planted in 2019.

Learn more about the Trip and Tree program.


An eco-friendly on board experience

We are gradually replacing 210 million single-use plastic items (cups, plates, cutlery, etc.) with bio-based alternatives.

1,300 less tonnes of single-use plastic shipped each year.
On board our flights to Paris, plastic bottles, Tetra Pak cardboard packaging, aluminium cans, glass, as well as newspapers and magazines, are sorted by our staff to be recycled in France or Europe.

7 million plastic bottles, 3 million cardboard cartons and 6 million cans are loaded onto our aircraft each year and are more and more efficiently recycled.
To limit food waste, we're adapting our services to the evolution of your consumption habits and your onboard catering needs.

Meals and snacks vary according to flight schedules (day or night) and new online services allow you to inform us of your meal preferences before your trip.

Developing innovative solutions

To offer eco-responsible travel to its passengers and future generations, Air France is involved in research and innovation to promote sustainable aviation, notably in partnership with the Solar Impulse Foundation. This also involves participating in the emergence of a biofuel sector and the gradual introduction of biofuel in our aircraft.

By the end of 2020, Air France flights departing from San Francisco International Airport will run on sustainable aviation fuel. This initiative will prevent the emission of more than 6,700 tons of CO2 over the entire fuel life cycle.
Air France contributes to projects that reduce or capture CO2, which in turn counterbalances the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. For each ton of CO2 emitted by our domestic flights in metropolitan France, Air France commits to earning a "carbon credit" that corresponds to one ton of CO2 captured or prevented through our financing of sustainable projects elsewhere. Carbon offsetting is a recognized practice, governed by international standards. The projects selected by Air France are certified by the most stringent labels, including: Gold StandardVerified Carbon Standard and The Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards.

Climate experts, notably the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), support the principle that the amount of CO2 emitted in one place can be compensated for by carbon capture–including forestry–and energy transition programs developed elsewhere in the world.
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The proactive carbon offsetting of flights in metropolitan France is managed by Air France, in partnership with EcoAct, and consists of financing projects that issue carbon credits certified by the most stringent standards.

The Trip and Tree Option is offered to Air France customers who want to reduce their environmental impact on all types of flights. It gives them the opportunity to donate an amount of their choice to a reforestation project carried out by the association A Tree For You. Each customer can choose the project they wish to support around the world and track its progress. This option is available from the time the ticket is purchased until the time of check-in. Considered as a donation, it also allows customers with tax residency in France to benefit from a tax reduction.

It is also possible to contribute to the Trip and Tree program at any time, even without an Air France booking, by making a donation directly on the Trip and Tree website.
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Our priority is to reduce the use of single-use plastics, which are derived from petrochemicals and therefore use non-renewable fossil fuels. After testing several alternatives, we have opted for the use of cardboard cups and wooden cutlery and stirrers certified by the FSC label that guarantees responsible forest management. This eliminates the use of more than 1,300 tons of plastic per year.

While designing our items made of bio-sourced materials, we had to meet numerous standards associated with our activity, including: guaranteeing the food safety of our passengers, ensuring the quality and durability of these items during their use, and respecting the constraints linked to volume, weight and safety on board our flights.
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Air France flights departing from San Francisco will run on a blend of conventional and sustainable fuel by the end of 2020. This initiative, which involves more than 1,000 flights, will take place over a 16-month period, and will prevent the emission of more than 6,700 tons of CO2 over the entire biofuel life cycle.

Produced by World Energy and distributed by Shell, this alternative fuel is made from used and recycled cooking oil and animal fat residues. It has been awarded both technical (ASTM) and sustainability (RSB) certifications by the RSB organization, which ensures that it meets the highest standards of sustainability. It does not compete directly with agricultural production and does not impact biodiversity.

Currently, there is no sustainable biofuel production in France.
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In most countries, health regulations require service companies to bury or incinerate waste that is collected upon arrival of international flights. These rules are very strict, especially for food products of animal origin.

Nevertheless, from October 2019, we were able to introduce selective sorting on our flights to Paris, for an initial set of articles: Plastic PET bottles, Tetra Pak cardboard packaging and cans, in addition to glass. These materials are then sent to recycling channels in France and Europe.
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