Chilean passenger carrier LATAM Airlines Group has signed an agreement with ACCIONA for the supply of renewable electricity to the airline’s main facilities.

Under the contract, ACCIONA will supply 80% of the total electricity consumed by the airline in Chile. The agreement forms part of the framework of both the companies’ commitment to lower the impacts of climate change.

LATAM’s facilities located at Arturo Merino Benítez Airport in Santiago de Chile will be provided with energy from ACCIONA renewable generation installations. Facilities includes its corporate offices and the operation and maintenance base for its aircraft fleet.

“We have a responsibility in terms of caring for the environment and we expect to continue making progress in the use of renewable energies in our operations.”

The supply of renewable energy will enable the airline to cut 5,850t of CO2 emission to the atmosphere per annum, which will provide the same air cleaning effect as that of 292,500 trees through photosynthesis.

ACCIONA Energía South America CEO José Ignacio Escobar said: “It is very good news for the country that reference companies in their respective markets should decide to cover their electricity consumption with energy from 100% renewable generation facilities, such as those owned by ACCIONA in Chile.”

In Chile, ACCIONA’s energy portfolio comprises the 246-MWp El Romero Solar photovoltaic plant in the Atacama Desert and the 45-MW Punta Palmeras wind farm in the region of Coquimbo.

Currently, the company is constructing a second wind farm with a capacity of 183 MW in La Araucanía, and will start construction work on the Almeyda and Usya photovoltaic plants in the regions of Atacama and Antofagasta respectively, and the Tolpán wind farm in La Araucanía over the next year.

LATAM Airlines Group senior sustainability manager Enrique Guzmán said: “We are the airline with the most extensive network of connections in Latin America, serving 70 million passengers a year and connecting 143 destinations around the world.

“This means we have a responsibility in terms of caring for the environment, a deep-rooted commitment in our work, and we expect to continue making progress in the use of renewable energies in our operations.”