Vietnam Airlines has joined the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) CO2 Connect project, committing to contributing data to calculate CO₂ emissions per passenger. 

The Vietnamese flag carrier signed up to the project during IATA’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and will provide data that allows customers to see their exact CO₂ emissions for different routes and aircraft. 

While the airline becomes the first in Vietnam to take up the scheme, it joins a growing list of international airlines to have joined CO2 Connect, including American Airlines, British Airways and all members of the Oneworld alliance. 

Launched in 2022, the CO2 Connect scheme was designed to provide consistent emissions calculations for passengers and airlines using the industry standard RP-1726 methodology. 

Vietnam Airlines says that by joining the initiative it will allow greater transparency around its commitment to achieving net zero by 2050, in line with the industry target, after leading Vietnam on other sustainability issues such as the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which it used for the first time in May. 

The company said it would also be working with the island of Con Dao on implementing its own “sustainable flight route project”, which would include partnering on environmental protection activities and reducing plastic waste in its operations. 

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Sustainability, and specifically SAF, was one the key issues at IATA’s AGM in the UAE, with the airline association also launching a new SAF registry to improve the reporting of emissions reductions gained from using the fuel by collecting data from across the supply chain.