Virgin Atlantic Reports Carbon and Noise Reductions
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic airline has some good news. The company posted its latest figures on greenhouse gas emissions and it has gone down by 12 percent. âThe âVirgin Atlanticâs 2015 âChange is in the Airâ Sustainability Report, which contains all this information and more, covers the airlineâs progress in social responsibility and sustainability issues.
The reduction was achieved in parallel to an increase in the number of flights and passengers since 2007, the baseline used as reference. And how did that happen? Virgin Atlantic invested $7bn in more efficient aircrafts, such as Airbus 330-300 and Boeing 787-9 fleet. By the end of 2014, Virgin Atlantic had taken delivery of its first two of at least 17 âDreamlinerâ aircrafts, which it claims is about 30 per cent more efficient than the aircraft they replaced at the time.
The company's main goal is to achieve 30 percent savings in CO2 for every tonne of passengers and cargo flown between 2007 and 2020, âand these latest figures show the company is well on course to reach its goal.
âThe company is also reducing the noise its aircrafts make and last year it reduced the average noise per machine by over 2dB. Virgin Atlantic âis âthe first airline to set itself noise targets and implement an Aircraft Noise Management Strategy, âand âfor that reason it âreceived the Quiet Mark certification and an award for its âstance on this issue.â
Besides improving its environmental impact, the report also charts the work the company does with Free the Childrenâââ, which works to eradicate child exploitation across the globe. In 2014 the Virgin Atlantic Foundation distributed over Â£1.4 million (over $2.2 million) from onâ-âboard customer donations, staff fundraising, volunteering time and flights.
The airline âalso supportedâ the UKâs âWe Dayâ in March 2015 for the second year. 12,000 students and teachers from schools across the UK earned their way to the SSE (Wembley) Arena to hear inspirational speeches, musical performances and celebrate positive social changâe.
Virgin Atlantic has also implemented energy-saving measures on the ground, having achieved a reduction of energy use across all its UK sites by 23 percent since 2008-09, which is more than 12 percent above the target it had set.â
âAnother victory is the diversion of almost all of its ground waste (92 percent) from landfill. Food waste is now separated and sent to anaerobic digesters. The airline also recycles as much aircraft waste as possible through innovative measures such as recycling aircraft seat foams into carpet underlay.
The report describes several other achievements related to sustainable food served in flights, conservation projects, and development projects in developing countries such as India, China, Ghana and Kenya.
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