Remove CO₂ from the atmosphere

Remove CO₂ from the atmosphere

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© Air France

Absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere

Our priority is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, primarily those generated directly by our operations, but also upstream and downstream of our activities. In addition, we support projects that absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere in natural carbon sinks (forests, mangroves).

Projects with ECOACT

Air France supports several reforestation and tree planting projects in collaboration with its partner EcoAct, such as: 

  • the International Small Group and Tree Planting programme, in India, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, helping small groups of farmers to organise themselves to plant trees on their farms 
  • a Gold Standard-certified reforestation programme in the Vichada region of Colombia, certified to the Gold Standard, aimed at planting 76,000 hectares of hardwood while protecting local biodiversity. 

Conservation and restoration of mangroves

Air France, in collaboration with the French Ministry of Ecological Transition, is supporting a research-action programme for the conservation and restoration of mangroves in the Martinique, as part of the French Low Carbon Label. Mangroves are tropical coastal forest formations which, in addition to harbouring a very rich biodiversity, represent a very efficient carbon capture and sequestration sink. They can store 2 to 5 times more carbon per hectare than a tropical forest. However, they are currently under threat, disappearing at a rate of up to 2% each year. This project aims to improve knowledge of the ecosystem services provided by these environments and to carry out actions to replant mangroves in the French overseas departments and territories. 

Fighting deforestation

In partnership with Ecoact, Air France also supports projects to combat deforestation in Brazil, the development of renewable energies in India (Verified Carbon Standard certified) and improved cooking ovens in Kenya (Gold Standard certified). These projects do not in any way absorb CO2from the atmosphere, but they do allow action to be taken on major sources of emissions. For example, deforestation is generally accompanied by burning, which generates significant CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. Combating deforestation thus makes it possible to avoid additional CO2 emissions, while at the same time protecting the fauna and flora in their natural environments.

Your questions

There is no such thing as a carbon-neutral flight, just as any product or service that defines itself as carbon-neutral undermines the definition of carbon neutrality. 
Carbon neutrality can be defined as the balance between human CO₂ emissions and their absorption. In this respect, carbon neutrality can only be envisaged on a global scale. Air France can only contribute to carbon neutrality by reducing its CO₂ emissions and by helping to increase the capacity to store CO2 in natural or artificial sinks. 

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