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Air New Zealand releases 2020 sustainability report

Air New Zealand has today released its latest sustainability report, which outlines the airline’s progress against its sustainability goals over the past year.

The report is focused on the most material sustainability opportunities and challenges Air New Zealand is tackling – supporting people and communities, tackling climate change, supporting New Zealand through sustainable tourism, working with our suppliers, and reducing waste and plastic.

Air New Zealand chief executive officer Greg Foran says this year’s report reinforces the airline’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, despite the current challenging operating environment.

"It has certainly been a very challenging year for the aviation sector and for Air New Zealand. We have worked hard to ensure the actions we have taken over past months will enable the airline to emerge competitively and sustainably from the COVID-19 crisis.

"It has been particularly pleasing to see voluntary offsetting rates increase in the past year – through our voluntary carbon offsetting function FlyNeutral, together with our customers we have contributed close to $1.5 million towards permanent native forestry projects across New Zealand and achieved an average uptake rate across all retail storefronts of 7.1 per cent which is fantastic when you take into account the drop off in passenger numbers this year. Thank you to all our customers who continue to choose to offset their emissions."

Air New Zealand 2020 sustainability highlights

– 10,557 tonnes CO-2e saved through carbon reduction programme

– 35,045 tonnes of cargo carried, including 20,000 tonnes under the International Airfreight Capacity Scheme commenced with the Ministry of Transport in May 2020

– 7.1 per cent uptake rate of voluntary carbon offsetting across all activated online sites globally (up from 4.6 per cent in the previous year)

– 498 threatened species and 42 conservation dogs relocated

– More than 8900 blankets donated to a range of charitable organisations

– More than 770,000 dry goods including muesli, crackers and sauces redistributed to New Zealand food banks

– 142.7 tonnes of sealed, unused catering items reinjected onto aircraft instead of going to landfill

The 2020 report is available on Air New Zealand’s website.

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