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What we’re doing

Spearheaded by the Etihad Sustainability Programme – and together with our partners who have joined in our crusade – we’re serious about reducing our impact on the planet.

We're committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Working with partners to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

And rewarding thoughtful travellers, like you.

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Net zero carbon emissions by 2050

By 2050, we will achieve net zero emissions. That means that for any emissions we produce, the same amount will be removed from the atmosphere. 

That’s a big statement, but we’ve got even bigger plans to achieve it. 

We pledge to reach a 20% reduction in emissions intensity by 2025, and by 2035, we aim to have cut 2019 net emissions by 50%. 

We’re leading the development of sustainable aviation fuels, and we use first-of-its-kind tech to make sure our aircraft are as fuel-efficient as possible. 

But we know that climate change isn’t something we can take on alone. That’s why we’ve partnered with industry leaders to create programmes – like our Etihad Greenliner and Sustainable50 –that tackle key sustainability challenges head on. 

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Paper(less) planes and no waste

By using almost no paper on our planes, we’re saving trees, safeguarding forests and protecting the planet.

We’ve replaced magazines and manuals with electronic versions to reduce paper on board, and every guest has the option to download their boarding pass too.

By 2020, we had removed 41 single-use plastic products from our business, saving 17 tonnes from landfill. And, propelled by our new elevated Economy experience, we will have reduced single-use plastics by 80%, with almost 100 plastic products removed from our planes by the end of 2022.

We use data to precisely calculate how much water we need on board. That means we don’t waste a drop and helps us to reduce emissions too.

And we’re working with partners to find ways to make our flights quieter, reducing the impact on communities living close to airports.

Etihad Greenliner programme

The Etihad Greenliner Programme came to life in 2019 with the flagship Greenliner at its helm; a bespoke Boeing 787-10 and the world’s first aircraft dedicated to sustainability.

In partnership with aviation giants Boeing and GE, the core objective of the Etihad Greenliner programme was to trial new technologies that tackle key sustainability issues in aviation.

A challenge statement to the aviation world, the Etihad Greenliner programme forced the industry to think and act differently. To accelerate the pace of innovation and change the course of aviation for good.

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Small details. Big experiences. Reduced footprint.

The Airbus A350 is here, and it’s one of the most innovative aircraft in the world.

It’s lighter, greener, smarter and quieter than any other generation Airbus aircraft, expertly designed for comfort and space.

Let’s leave the planet better than we found it

You shouldn't have to choose between travel and planet Earth, and neither should the generations after us. 

That’s why we’ve made a promise: To leave the planet better than we found it. 

Sustainability is taking off

Sustainability might be a buzz word for some. But for us, it’s a value that runs deep.

From our Green Ambassadors on board to our teams on the ground, everyone who works for us is doing their bit to live more sustainably.

We have a dedicated Sustainability team, charged with defining and executing Etihad’s sustainability strategy. And we’ve formed a Sustainability Steering Committee, made up of stakeholders from across the organisation. Chaired by Group CEO, Tony Douglas, their job is to ensure that we are following through on our mandate.  

We’re all doing everything we can to protect the world for the future, and we need you to join us on our journey.

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Cutting contrails

Those lines you see trailing planes? They contribute to global warming. That’s why we’re working with SATAVIA and using their DECISIONX:NETZERO contrail prevention platform to eliminate them.

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Pulling the plug

Almost 40% of our flights in Abu Dhabi are already serviced by electric vehicles on the ground. That equates to an annual CO2 saving of over 300 tonnes.

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Green looks good on us

Noticed our cabin crew wearing green? They’re our Green Ambassadors – green gurus, eco experts, superheroes of the skies. If you’ve got a question or suggestion about sustainability, they’re ready to listen.

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Powered by plants

We’re leading the development of new sustainable fuels to significantly reduce our carbon emissions, like creating biofuels from saltwater-tolerant plants.

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A shining example

Etihad is the first airline to trial GE’s 360 Foam Wash on our engines because it makes engines last longer and saves water.

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Reuse, recycle, repeat

On board and in our boardrooms, we take recycling seriously. Anything we can reuse we will, if it doesn’t need to be printed it won’t be and everything else gets recycles. It’s simple: nothing goes to waste.

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A walk on the wild side

We have robust policies and programmes in place to protect wildlife and animal species around the world. And we’ve been a United for Wildlife signatory since March 2016 – a programme to stop illegal wildlife trade.

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Greener fuel

As founding partners of BioJET Abu Dhabi and the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), we’re well on our way to making Sustainable Aviation Fuels the norm in aviation.

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From waste to fuel

We’ve also joined forces with Tadweer, Abu Dhabi’s waste management centre, to turn waste into fuel. It’s just another way we’re supporting the UAE’s target of diverting 75% of waste from landfills by 2025.

We're working hard to create a more sustainable future for generations and make sure we leave the world a little more like we found it. Click on one of our reports below for further detail. 

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