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LATAM Group announces plans to be carbon neutral by 2050

LATAM Group has announced new sustainability commitments including achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, zero waste to landfill by 2027 and protecting iconic ecosystems in South America.

  • 06 May 2021
  • Rachel Cooper

LATAM Group has announced new sustainability commitments including achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, zero waste to landfill by 2027 and protecting iconic ecosystems in South America.

LATAM and TNC (The Nature Conservancy) will collaborate in order to identify conservation projects, protecting iconic ecosystems, such as the Amazon, the Chaco, the Llanos del Orinoco, the Atlantic forest and El Cerrado, among others. By developing a portfolio of conservation projects and other initiatives, the group will offset 50% of emissions from its domestic operations by 2030.

Before 2023, the group will eliminate single-use plastics, recycle all waste on domestic flights, make its LATAM lounges 100% sustainable, and expand its recycling program for uniforms and other materials. The goal is to be a zero waste to landfill company by 2027.

Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group, said: “We are facing a critical moment in the history of humanity, with a serious climate crisis and a pandemic that has changed our society. Today, it is not enough to do the usual."

"As a group we have the responsibility to go further in the search for collective solutions. We want to be an actor that promotes the social, environmental and economic development of the region; therefore, we are assuming a commitment that seeks to contribute to the conservation of ecosystems and the well-being of the people of South America, making it a better place for all of them."

One of the most important announcements was the first stage of a collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to plan conservation and reforestation actions in iconic ecosystems in the region. TNC is a global environmental organization that works based on science, creating solutions for the most urgent challenges of our planet, so that nature and people may prosper together.

Ian Thompson, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Brazil, said: “With more than 35 years of experience in Latin America, our scientific studies have shown that forest restoration and regeneration can efficiently contribute to the Nationally Determined Contributions’ (NDCs) goals. TNC believes that multisectorial collaboration accelerates the implementation of nature-based solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change, protect biodiversity, and develop a more prosperous future for people in the region."

The sustainability strategy for the next 30 years includes four pillars of work: environmental management, climate change, circular economy and shared value. The lines of action were designed collaboratively with experts and environmental organizations from across the region.

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Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group, is speaking at the Transport Transition Summit taking place on the 11 & 12 May 2021 to discuss the Group's sustainability commitments further. Want to hear from him and connect with a growing network of transport, energy and policy professionals mapping the next phase of the transport transition? Register now