Pathway to net zero

Pathway to net zero

Our aim is to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050, and we have set an intermediate target to drive progress toward that goal. In April 2022, we received validation from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) that our intermediate, 2035 GHG reduction target complies with the SBTi criteria. That makes us the first airline globally to achieve this milestone.

Our Climate Strategy

American’s strategy to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is focused on driving operational and technical progress across several key levers — some of which we have the ability to influence directly, and some of which will require action and collaboration within our industry, across sectors and by policymakers.

Chart showing contributions towards net zero emissions by 2050
* Includes Scope 1, 2, Scope 3 Category 3
  • Flight operations & efficiency
  • Fleet renewal
  • Next generation aircrafts
  • Air traffic control modernization
  • Sustainable aviation fuel
  • Upstream emissions savings from jet fuel
  • Carbon offsets

Fleet renewal

A key component of our climate strategy is replacing older, less fuel-efficient aircraft with new, more efficient ones. Largely as a result of flying these more efficient aircraft, we have improved our fuel efficiency by 10.2% compared with 2013, based on fuel burn per available seat mile. That adds up to 1.9 billion gallons of fuel saved and 19 million metric tons of CO2 avoided.

Youngest mainline fleet among U.S. network carriers Youngest mainline fleet among U.S. network carriers

Fuel efficiency

At the same time as we are adding new, more fuel-efficient aircraft to our fleet, we continually look for ways to operate our existing fleet as efficiently as possible. Doing so enables us to both save on jet fuel costs and reduce GHG emissions. We have implemented a host of fuel-savings initiatives, both on the ground and in the air, focused on three key areas outlined in the following chart.

Estimated annual fuel savings and GHG emissions avoided

On the ground

60k metric tons of CO2e avoided annually

  • Single-engine taxi

    170k gallons saved

  • APU usage

    2m gallons saved

  • Engine washing

    3.4m gallons saved

  • Scheduling

    870k gallons saved

Flight weight

140k metric tons of CO2e avoided annually

  • In-cabin

    4.1m gallons saved

  • Paint

    1m gallons saved

  • New brakes

    2.8m gallons saved

In Flight

203k metric tons of CO2e avoided annually

  • En route updates

    4.1m gallons saved

  • Arrival fuel

    17.3m gallons saved

ESG Resource Center

Visit our ESG Resource Center for links to numerous American Airlines documents, policies, webpages and other sources of information about our company’s approach on various ESG topics.

Environment, Social and Governance at American Airlines

Our annual ESG report details American’s approach to managing our priority ESG issues, along with highlights of our progress and performance during the year.
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