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Cirium calculates CO2 emissions for airlines

Posted 20 June 2022

Aviation analytics company, Cirium, has developed an advanced methodology to provide a standard and accurate picture of CO2 emissions and fuel burn calculations per flight and aircraft seat.

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Cirium has fused numerous data elements including but not limited to, aircraft and engine specifications, airline schedules and actual flight operations, to create a holistic view of the actual emissions footprint.

This enables Cirium clients to view the emissions by operator, aircraft type or geographical region and on a historical, or predictive basis, solving a variety of use cases.

Jeremy Bowen, Cirium CEO, said: “The level of precision and accuracy of Cirium’s CO2 emissions calculations far exceeds estimates generally available today.”

Virgin Atlantic Airways and American Airlines each have independently commended Cirium for the approach and accuracy of Cirium’s fuel burn estimations through their own extensive analysis.

Holly Boyd-Boland, Virgin Atlantic Vice President, Corporate Development, said: “Virgin Atlantic operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets across the Atlantic.

“Accurate measuring, monitoring, and forecasting of CO2 emissions is critical as we target and monitor progress to Net Zero 2050, allowing us to better understand our environmental impact. Importantly, it also provides a tool to empower our customers to track and choose airlines with the lowest carbon footprint.

“Cirium is leading the way in this field, building data and forecasting capabilities that are the most accurate we have seen to date, as verified against our own historical fuel burn and emissions data.”

Jill Blickstein, American Airlines Head of ESG, said: “To reduce our emissions and reach net zero by 2050, we’re taking action to run a more fuel-efficient operation with more fuel-efficient aircraft powered increasingly by low-carbon fuel.
 
“And we’re holding ourselves accountable by becoming the first airline in the world with a 2035 target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. Reducing aviation’s emissions will require partnership among the airlines, our suppliers and our customers – and it’s important to build those partnerships on sound emissions data and calculations.

“Cirium brings deep aviation expertise to the table on this important topic, and the approach they’ve taken considers numerous variables of an aircraft and its operations.”

“Our mission is to establish the standard for accurate fuel burn and carbon emissions data to empower the aviation industry to deliver on its sustainability targets. For the industry to achieve their goals of halving CO2 emissions by 2050 compared with 2005, a clear methodology is needed,” said Bowen. “We are thrilled to have our model corroborated by leading carriers around the globe.”

The emissions data can also be merged with passenger booking information to provide corporations with their carbon footprint. This enables corporations to gain more insight into their emissions and uncover where opportunities exist to reduce their emissions, and help travellers understand their own carbon footprint associated with the flights they choose.

Cirium’s emissions data is also being used by leading corporate travel departments, including organisations such as Zurich Insurance, a global insurance firm. Zurich is using Cirium’s calculations to measure their corporate travel emissions, explore opportunities to reduce emissions, and empower their employees to make better travel decisions.  

Kara Brayton, Zurich Head of Corporate Travel Management Assistant Vice President, said: “It’s been exciting to collaborate with Cirium under a proof-of-concept, utilising data to help provide Zurich with insight to better inform our employees around the carbon impact of their decisions when booking airfare.

“With travel being such a large category of emissions, these types of relationships are key to leading sustainable business travel programs of the future. I am thankful for Cirium’s willingness to engage and explore a personalised solution with us.”

Cirium’s CO2 emissions calculations are being made available through existing products in Cirium’s portfolio and in new products, to meet evolving market needs.

 


 

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