Sunday, August 01, 2021

IndiGo Makes Progress On More Sustainable Operations

IndiGo has released its first-ever ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) report this week. The report highlights a significant decrease in CO2 emission, falling nearly 14% between 2016 and 2021. Let’s find out how IndiGo has cut its carbon dioxide figures and its plans for the future. 

In a first for any Indian airline, low-cost giant IndiGo is publicly discussing its carbon footprint and plans to reduce its impact in the future. Data from the report shows that the airline has made impressive strides towards reducing its CO2 emissions both before and after the pandemic. 

Between fiscal years 2015 and 2021, IndiGo’s total carbon emissions fell by 1.47 million tonnes. This is an impressive decrease for any airline and especially for one that is rapidly increasing every year. The numbers have been steadily falling since 2017 and are projected to increase in pace. However, the carrier isn’t planning to stop here. 

By the fiscal year 2023, IndiGo plans to reduce emissions by 18% compared to FY16, representing a higher pace of reduction. CO2 emissions per available seat kilometers (ASKs) have fallen steadily too, from 0.0746 in FY16 to a projected 0.0606 by FY23. This comes despite the increasing number of seats every year. 

IndiGo credits its reducing environmental impact on four pillars. The most significant one is technology enhancement, which includes a rapid fleet modernization and new fuel usage software to decrease burn. These are undoubtedly key to any improvement in emissions, especially given how efficient newer aircraft have become.

IndiGo is Airbus’ biggest customer for A320neo family and has added over 160 jets since 2016, coinciding with the fall in emissions per ASK. The A320neo offers 15% less fuel burn and 20% less CO2 emissions compared to the ‘ceo’ variant, helping to reduce environmental impact in all operations. 

01/08/21 Pranjal Pande/Simple Flying

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