It is first airline in Europe to get advanced certification
Finnair is the first airline in Europe and one of only two global carriers – the other being South African Airways – to be certified in the highest stage of an environmental management system created by the International Air Transport Association.
It is now a “Stage 2 operator” in IATA’s Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program, a system designed to independently assess and improve an airline’s environmental record.
“This certification is proof of our commitment to environmental leadership within the aviation industry,” Pekka Vauramo, Finnair’s CEO, said. “Environmental sustainability is at the core of Finnair’s operations and we are continuously working to improve our environmental performance. We believe that developing common environmental standards and assessment for the aviation industry is important and we are proud to be the forerunners in this field.”
Finnair says it has has set “ambitious environmental performance targets” for its operations. These include a 40% noise reduction in 2014-17; 40% reduction of anti-icing fluid usage in 2014-16; 20% reduction in CO2 emissions in 2009-17; 10% reduction in energy usage in corporate facilities in 2007-16; and a 10% cut in non-EU waste per passenger in 2014-16.
Finnair reached IEnvA Stage 1 in June 2013 along with a small pilot group of other airlines. This ensures an airline has developed the foundation and framework necessary for the environmental management system.
Stage 2 means the airline has implemented all of the IEnvA program standards, identified and mitigated significant environmental impacts and set performance targets.