LATAM Airlines Group today announced a company-wide sustainability plan, focused on a long list of environmental and social goals. The news comes as part of a wider effort to be more environmentally conscious, and many of the goals have been set with an eye to making a positive impact on the communities where the airline operates. The plan involves a number of actions, including the installation of an electric charging infrastructure at the Santiago airport, and the implementation of a new recycling program that will use leftover food to create compost. (Be sure to check out some of these other sustainability tips for travelers, if you haven’t already!)
LATAM Airlines Group, a South American airline, announced on 5. Mai 2021 presented its sustainability strategy and committed, among other things, to becoming climate neutral by 2050.
The sustainability plan is based on four pillars: Environmental management, climate change, circular economy and shared values.
LATAM is working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to plan conservation and reforestation programs on the continent with the hope of offsetting 50% of national emissions by 2030.
To combat climate change, the Group will reduce its emissions and use more environmentally friendly fuels. Roberto Alvo, CEO of the LATAM Airlines Group, said that although better solutions are unlikely to appear until around 2035, airlines can start implementing changes now to facilitate the use of these future technologies.
The aviation group has also developed a plan to completely eliminate landfill by 2027. To that end, by 2023, LATAM will eliminate all single-use plastic and replace it with compostable, recyclable or plant-based materials, expand its on-board recycling program and its uniform recycling program, which donates used uniforms to local communities that use them for craft purposes.
Finally, under the shared value pillar, LATAM will develop its capacity to transport goods and people for health programs, natural disasters, and other critical operations. Through the Solidarity Planet program, more than 29.4 million vaccines were distributed free of charge throughout South America, along with life-saving supplies, medical care, organs for transplant, etc.
We are at a critical juncture in human history: a severe climate crisis and a pandemic that is transforming our society. Today, it’s not enough to do what you do. As a group we have a duty to find common solutions. We want to be a player that contributes to the social, ecological and economic development of the region. That is why we are committed to preserving ecosystems and the well-being of South Americans, so that everyone benefits, Alvo said.
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