Southwest Airlines today announced an updated sustainability strategy, Nonstop to Net Zero, which outlines the airline’s path to its goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and includes a range of new goals ranging from electrification and fuel savings to plastic reduction . and supporting a more sustainable future for air travel.
Key pillars of the airline’s sustainability strategy include ‘Carbon’, which aims to tackle CO2 emissions through fuel and operational efficiency, sustainable aviation fuel, electrification of ground support equipment and energy savings; Circularity, focused on sourcing, recycling and upcycling in business activities, and; Collaboration, including involving suppliers in the field of sustainability and working with other organizations.
Southwest has set goals to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, with interim CO2 emissions intensity reduction targets of 25% by 2030 and 50% by 2035, to replace 10% of total jet fuel consumption with SAF by 2030, and to reduce the energy consumption index at the company’s headquarters by 50% by 2035.
New goals announced at the launch of the new strategy include electrifying 50% of eligible ground support equipment systemwide by 2030, saving 50 million gallons of jet fuel by 2025, and saving 1, 1 billion cumulative gallons by 2035, and reducing the use of single-use plastics from inflight service by 50% by weight by 2025 and eliminating single-use plastics from inflight service, where possible, by 2030.
In addition to the new goals, Southwest announced initiatives focused on supply chain sustainability, including using corporate sustainability ratings provider EcoVadis to assess suppliers’ ESG performance and ensure alignment with the company’s Supplier Code of Conduct .
Helen Giles, Managing Director Environmental Sustainability at Southwest Airlines, said:
“We are working towards our decarbonization goals by modernizing our fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft and securing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), while also advancing our near-term sustainability initiatives. Our people and customers care about our planet, and we continue to take action to address aviation’s impact on the environment, working with our suppliers, local and national government and other organizations.”