We at TAP are always working to become more efficient, offering our passengers a top-quality service and ensuring high-safety standards.
Promoting the company's sustainable growth is one of TAP's top commitments. The challenges facing an airline such as TAP go well beyond air transport activities, and include the facilities where the company operates and assures the maintenance of aircraft, engines, and many components. Aware of the environmental impact of air transport activities, TAP defined an operating strategy based on four environmental pillars:
|Efficient energy use and CO2 emissions||Waste|
|Reducing the use of disposable plastic||Noise|
The aviation industry, and TAP in particular, is facing major challenges due to current world events. Outlining a consolidated strategy that will allow the economic recovery of the company, the tourism industry and the country in general - while observing high-quality standards - will only be possible if we commit to minimizing the environmental impact of our operations.
Efficient energy use and CO2 emissions
The entry into operation of more efficient aircraft models, as part of the TAP fleet modernization program, has allowed for significant improvements in terms of efficient energy use and environmental protection. These new aircraft feature more efficient combustion engines, making it possible to reduce up to 20% in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Improving efficient energy use and choosing Portuguese suppliers were the main criteria in the process of redesigning the cabin interiors of existing active aircraft. This project has made possible to increase the capacity of these airplanes by 12 seats, while reducing their weight by 800 kg.
At TAP, an operation's efficient energy use is measured by its 100-kilometer fuel consumption per passenger.
Between 2015 and 2019 we have consistently improved this indicator, reflecting an increasingly optimized operation – a 13.9% improvement in terms of efficient energy use and CO2 emissions per passenger for each 100 km flown. In 2020 the aviation industry faced its biggest challenge in recent decades – the COVID-19 pandemic, which dramatically curtailed the industry's operations, forcing TAP to suspend some of its projects and to adjust environmental targets.