Saudia, the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia is making important steps to secure its place as an industry-leading airline for its commitment to environmental responsibility, and became the first airline partner in the MENA region Voluntary Carbon Market Initiative.
The launch of the MENA Voluntary Carbon Market will play a critical role in achieving global net-zero target and solving climate change challenges while allowing private investors, businesses, and NGOs to offset their emissions and ultimately position Saudi Arabia as a global hub for carbon trading.
As part of Saudi Arabia's vision to achieve net zero emissions by 2060 and reduce its impact on climate change, The Public Investment Fund (PIF) has established the voluntary carbon market.
Saudia's participation in the voluntary carbon market plays a key role in reducing carbon emissions and is a milestone in the history of the national carrier.
Saudia has operated the world’s first in-flight sustainability lab, which involved guests on flight SV227 from Jeddah to Madrid on 12 May 2022. Guests on board were asked for ideas for more environmentally friendly air travel, covering the time before departure at the airport and arrival at the destination.
A total of 150 exciting ideas were collected from passengers and team members. During the same flight, Saudia also was first in the world to implement Green Points, a program that rewards passengers for helping to protect the environment. Saudia guests can reduce food wastage and landfill contributions by pre-selecting their meals during online check-in – which will also reduce the weight of stock onboard and save fuel.