Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, today announced its commitment to reduce the level of carbon emissions to zero by 2050, and to reduce the total emissions for 2019 in half by 2035.

The company is working to achieve its ambitions to protect the environment through a set of environmental initiatives, in cooperation with its partners in the sector and by adopting a comprehensive program to reduce carbon gas rates, focusing on the requirements of the United Arab Emirates and the markets it serves.

On this occasion, Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas spoke: “Global interest in the environment has reached high levels with a focus on reducing carbon emissions. Etihad Airways plays an important role in reducing the impact of the aviation sector on the environment through various initiatives from consumption management Fuel to sustainable financing practices. "

The announcement came with the launch of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which is organized annually in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi, the group’s headquarters.

Douglas said that the air transport sector in all its spectrum, from airlines and suppliers to airspace service providers, is responsible for helping to reduce carbon emissions, and solutions must be comprehensive and coordinated rather than single and dispersed.

He continued: "Airlines have attracted great attention in the global environmental community, and the biggest challenge facing us as a sector lies in providing meaningful initiatives that can help quickly contain and reduce carbon emissions."