We view sustainability as the concept that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the capacity of future generations, ensuring a balance between economic growth, environmental care and social well-being.
Under the name Flight 2030, we include all the ongoing projects, and all those that are to come, because this commitment doesn't stop here.
We invite you to discover the company's most relevant initiatives, grouped into three major blocks: Environmental, Social and Economic Actions.
Make your flight more sustainable
A more sustainable trip begins when you leave home and head to the airport. Travel on public transport
Use digital solutions. Download your boarding card on your mobile. It's more convenient and cuts down on paper use.
Go into the On-board menu and reserve a meal and other products for your next flight. This reduces food waste and the weight of the aeroplane.
Consider going with a vegetarian option on your next flight (available on all our long-haul flights).
Reduce light pollution. If you're going to sleep, we recommend turning off the light. That way, you can rest properly.
Collaborate: Don't pass up the chance to use your miles to plant a tree in the AIR EUROPA Suma FOREST. Use your Suma Miles to help reforest the planet. Redeem your miles to buy yourself a tree or gift one.
As a company, we realise that our environmental initiatives and actions are wide-ranging and involve all our stakeholders to a greater or lesser extent. This is why we separate them into four sections, measuring both the scope of each and every one of them, and the synergies created between them: Airline, Operational Viewpoint, Employees and Customers.
1. Offsetting Project
Implementation of mechanisms that help us offset our carbon footprint in interactions with our direct sales customers.
2. Sustainable flight challenge
This challenge inspires airlines to find new ways to reduce their carbon footprint and share their findings with one another. In 2022, the first edition of the Challenge resulted in a wealth of new ideas and improved operational efficiency by 15% on all the flights operated.
Air Europa has been recognised with the "Lowest CO2 emissions in short-haul flights" award in the "The Sustainable Flight Challenge", organised for the second consecutive year by the SkyTeam alliance. The airline was also a finalist in two other categories: "Greatest reduction of CO2 emissions on a short-haul flight" and "Lowest CO2 emissions for ground operations from an own hub".
3. Sustainable Fuels
Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are fuels produced from renewable raw materials, such as non-food organic waste, which generate up to 80% less atmospheric emissions compared to conventional fuels when analyzed over the complete life cycle, from production to consumption.
The use of SAF is key to the aviation sector's energy transition, and 2% SAF content will be mandatory for all flights in Europe starting in 2025. Air Europa, aware of its role in decarbonizing the sector and as part of its firm commitment to sustainability, is taking a series of actions to stay one step ahead of the proposed legislation.
We are proud to be flying to Havana with second-generation biofuels. For one year, the first monthly Madrid–Havana flight will use SAF made at the Cepsa energy park in Huelva. This initiative will prevent the emission of around 50 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to planting 575 trees.
In addition, the Madrid-Buenos Aires route will continue to use 1.5% SAF supplied by Repsol, as it has been regularly since last July. Flying on this route with renewable fuel will yield a reduction in CO2 emissions of 65 tons throughout the period.
5. Transformation of the Llucmajor car park
Installation of solar panels and vehicle charging points in the car park of our Llucmajor, Mallorca headquarters.
7. Installation of solar panels
Solar panels will be installed on the roof of our hangars in Madrid and Mallorca. The electricity generated will help us to significantly reduce our electricity consumption.
9. Air Europa Vehicle Fleet
We are changing our car fleet, replacing a total of 60 diesel and petrol vehicles with their equivalent in electric cars or higher efficiency versions.
11. Space optimisation in buildings
To optimise and reduce energy consumption in offices, personnel have been redistributed between the OCC building (staffed 24/7) and the main building. These resources have also been optimised in pre-flight briefing rooms; in the case of Palma de Mallorca, by including it in the sales offices, and in Madrid, by reducing the distance between transfers so crews can walk, thus avoiding the use of vehicles.
13. Implementation of the Technical Log to save paper
This measure is guaranteed to cut down on paper use on-board by implementing a computerised registration system on our planes.
15. Total recycling
We take measures to achieve total recycling, a technological, economic and cultural system created to reuse and appropriately and effectively recycle anything we can no longer use.
17. Sustainable catering
The best measure for sustainable catering on our aircraft is to anticipate the packaging reuse and/or recycling needs of each item, even before the item is cooked.
18. Half-yearly fuel committee
A sustainability committee tasked with coming up with and implementing new flight efficiency improvements that help reduce fuel consumption and with it, emissions: lighter catering trolleys, replacement of paper flight documentation with much lighter electronic flight bags, reduce the number of layers to lighten weight...
19. Informative videos
We are working on and producing a series of informative videos on sustainability and management systems to raise our employees' awareness.
21. Crew Workshops
In-person training workshops for crews on environmental awareness and sensitization, as well as on onboard waste, will be resumed.
22. Improved waste sorting
The EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) system is a tool developed by the European Union that recognises organisations that have implemented the Environmental Management System and have made a commitment to continuous improvement, verified through independent audits. It is a certification that only three airlines in the world have earned. Each Air Europa department has one or more Environmental Liaisons assigned to it, to which employees can address any environmental concerns, and that must ensure that all employees comply with the procedures on best practices. Due to the environmental responsibility of the company's liaisons, awareness events are organised with this group, such as the visit with the TIRME (where waste from the Balearic Islands is managed).
Environmental projects with customers are in the development phase and will be phased in from the fourth quarter of 2023. The actions are also in some cases a test of future operations that affect different departments, such as the early selection of the On-Board Menu to avoid wasting on catering, incentivising the digital boarding card, or rewarding customers who demonstrate their environmental commitment with upgrades on their SUMA card.
Air Europa takes care of every detail to be more efficient, both environmentally and economically, and thus have more resources available. These financially-based environmental actions range from the efficient analysis of all the data that involves the company, to tax compliance that guarantees a solid structure, as well as agreements with suppliers to combine objectives.
As a global company, we are part of society, so our corporate actions involving the environment must also reflect that commitment in every area of our activity. We currently have several projects in progress, and more in the works, categorised into three areas of activity: institutions, employees and customers.
29. Corporate Social Responsibility Agreements
In 2023, Air Europa signed Corporate Social Responsibility agreements with Manos Unidas (07/06/2023), Mensajeros de la Paz (20/09/2023), Pequeños Pasos Argentina (11/05/2023), Fundación Scholas (30/06/2023) and Rompiendo Barreras - Sonrisa Médica (30/11/2023).
31. Co-marketing projects
Environmental clauses will be included in all co-marketing proposals that are made in the future.
34. Equality plans in the Globalia Group
We have identified inequalities, differences, disadvantages, difficulties and obstacles in the company in order to achieve effective equality between women and men. To do this, we take different actions involving equality and diagnosis obligations, and remuneration transparency related to HR management processes. The main measures adopted in the Group's different equality plans are:
35. Work conditions
Agreements with special employment centres (EEC) and contribution to indirect labour integration.
38. Occupational Health and Safety
Establish the continuous application of the strictest health, safety and risk criteria in the different work centres.
42. Organisation of work
The balance of our employees' work and family life and reconciling it with the company's organisational and production needs is one of the main challenges faced by the Group's Management. Measures are being launched to improve this balance that apply to all workers at the Group. Employees continue to have the right to request adaptations to the duration and distribution of the workday.
44. Right to disconnect
We have prepared a series of awareness campaigns and tips on the proper use of technology tools and the reasonable use of communications through the employee portal.
45. Employee campaigns
In order to improve the relationship between our employees, different campaigns have been carried out to provide them with the necessary tools to successfully deal with various work situations. They are taught communication techniques and social skills, which have a positive impact on working relationships; and they are given the keys to thinking without limiting beliefs and stereotypes that can negatively impact health
Projects and actions still in the development stage aimed at social groups with specific needs, such as large families or passengers with disabilities or rare diseases, who will be allowed to choose seats preferentially at no added cost.
We will also use our own resources to promote awareness among our customers of vulnerable groups or those at risk of social exclusion, with which we will also reach agreements to facilitate their social inclusion.
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