Aer Lingus has announced that it is segregating and recycling on-board waste arriving on short-haul flights into Ireland.
According to a statement published on MediaCentre.AerLingus.com, Aer Lingus is now on target to be recycling 20%, or 200 tonnes, of on-board waste from flights into Cork and Dublin airports by the end of this year, with this figure will rising to 40%, or 720 tonnes, by 2025.
The statement published on MediaCentre.AerLingus.com quoted Aer Lingus CEO Lynne Embleton as saying, "Recycling on-board waste on short-haul flights into Dublin and Cork is another milestone on the airline's focussed sustainability agenda.
"We know from our customers that recycling is something the vast majority wish to see happen and this new on-board initiative complements other positive steps we are taking on our aircraft, including the use of more sustainable materials and reducing single use plastics on-board.
"Our on-board recycling initiative is one of a wide-ranging set of actions we are taking across Aer Lingus to drive sustainability at the airline, including investing in new fuel-efficient aircraft* and investing in sustainable aviation fuel."
The statement published on MediaCentre.AerLingus.com also noted that Aer Lingus has received an IEnvA Stage 2 Certification the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for its work in reducing carbon emissions across flight operations and corporate facilities. The IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme is an evaluation system to assess and help to improve an airline's environmental performance.
The statement published on MediaCentre.AerLingus.com quoted Embleton as saying, "We are continuously advancing processes for monitoring and reviewing our performance against our environmental targets and the IATA certification is testament to that work. It is only by setting ambitious performance targets and actually embedding environmental management plans that we will make inroads into tackling climate change."
The statement published on MediaCentre.AerLingus.com quoted IATA director general Wille Walsh as saying, "Stakeholders, including governments, financiers and business partners will know that Aer Lingus is not just meeting global standards and best practices on sustainability, but is committed to continuous improvements to stay at the forefront of sustainability."
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