November 26, 2022

Legacy Philippine Airlines (PAL) is investing in a carbon reduction program that will enable it to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

PAL President and COO Stanley K. Ng said the initiative is part of the airline’s commitment to support international agreements for climate action, including the Paris Agreement and the Glasgow Climate Pact.

“Our Net Zero initiative comes at a crucial time for the international aviation industry as it seeks to further reduce its environmental impact in response to the global scientific community’s trumpet call against irreversible climate change,” he said.

As such, PAL is “investing in a comprehensive carbon reduction program as part of a multi-year commitment to address the global scourge of climate change.”

The airline’s net zero target will be “holistic and comprehensive” and will cover both flight and ground operations. PAL has already started to transition to renewable energy for its main offices and is working on the potential use of sustainable aviation fuel to power its fleet of high-tech aircraft.

It has also implemented fuel efficiency initiatives such as Single Engine Taxi In (SETI) and Reduced Acceleration Altitude (RAAL), which help reduce CO2 emissions while maintaining strict safety standards.

Ng said PAL’s long-term goal is to develop a robust Net Zero Emissions (NZE) strategy and take significant actions to promote a greener aviation environment based on scientific best practices.

PAL has also engaged the services of United Nations-recognized climate scientist and science diplomat Glenn Banaguas to lead the company’s efforts.

With Banagua’s expert guidance, PAL aims to conduct comprehensive assessments of its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and move towards full decarbonization.

“As the country’s flag carrier and Asia’s premier airline, we recognize that our essential role as a bridge between our country and the rest of the world coincides with the need for climate action across international borders,” Ng said.

Ng said PAL is attempting to develop a roadmap for its own NZE strategy, developing and integrating emissions scenarios projected to 2050 using internationally recognized models and relevant standards, and scientific and evidence-based targets and gender-sensitive programs develop and recommend to the entire PAL community.

Data from the International Civil Aviation Organization showed that greenhouse gas emissions from aviation could increase by two to four times 2015 levels by 2050.

Aviation accounts for more than 2 percent of all global CO2 emissions: around 1.3 percent from international and 0.7 percent from domestic flights.

“PAL’s commitment to climate protection is a great service to the country and the world,” said Banaguas. “It’s more than just a rallying cry, it’s a reminder of our shared responsibility for and stewardship of the environment.”