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Sustainability at LATAM:

we will be carbon neutral in our ground operations by 2020

Getty Images/Ilustration: Samuel Rodrigues

On World Environment Day, we make a commitment to offset the carbon emissions of our ground operations

 

Together, more sustainable: this is the premise of our carbon offset program. And, on World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, we take a step forward and commit to neutralize the emission of pollutants in our ground operations by 2020.

This means that there will be an offset through projects for reducing the carbon footprint created at LATAM’s offices and maintenance centers – from the fuel burned by the company’s vehicles to the consumption of electricity.

 

We have been doing this in Peru since 2012, where we have offset almost 44,000 tons [40 million kg] of CO2 through our partnership with the project Madre de Dios, which works to preserve the Peruvian Amazon territory by planting native trees.

At LATAM, we invest in new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. We are one of the three most sustainable companies in the world, according to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Next, learn about some of the company’s actions to pollute less:

 

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Smart planes

With 315 aircraft, our fleet is comprised of models like the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350, which can consume up to 25% less fuel, reducing carbon emissions in the same proportion. 

 

Offsetting

Starting in 2017, gas emissions for our domestic flights in Colombia have been offset by purchasing carbon credits from from several local projects. Since then, almost 754,000 tons [684 million kg] of carbon have been offset – the equivalent of five years flying from Santiago to New York every day.

 

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Environmental actions

Also in Colombia, we have acquired carbon credits for supporting environmental conservation programs. The actions have three main objectives: to recover the basin of the Chinchiná River, to preserve indigenous territories in the Matavén Forest, and to protect around 13,000 hectares of land and over 40 endangered animal species in the region of Darién.