Voluntary CO2 emissions offset program
Launched by TAP over a decade ago, the carbon dioxide emissions offset program is a voluntary emission neutralization mechanism which is available to passengers on the company's booking site.
Created in partnership with IATA (International Air Transport Association), this program uses a CO2 emissions calculation method based on the recommendations of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). This calculation takes into account various parameters, such as the route, the distance covered, the booked class, and the average CO2 emissions of all aircraft operating in that route.
When they select the offset option, TAP passengers are neutralizing their carbon dioxide emissions in other regions of the world through UN-certified projects.
This program is audited on an annual basis by an independent organization, thus securing the transparency and reliability of the method used for determining CO2 emissions. For more information about the audit, click here.
If you have any questions about the program, please check the IATA FAQ section.
In 2020 TAP rolled out the RECICLA+ project to increase the amount of waste sent for recycling (paper/cardboard and plastic/metal), thus reducing the volume of unsorted waste. This project, which will be applied to the entire TAP structure, will focus on three major types of waste: ordinary waste produced at the Campus, waste produced during maintenance and engineering activities at the Campus, and aircraft-produced waste.
Disposable Plastic Reduction Program
TAP is focused on reducing the amount of single-use plastic on its aircraft and committed to finding reusable and more sustainable options on the market, so as to replace this material while maintaining high-safety standards throughout the company and following market trends in terms of materials.
As an example, TAP has already introduced wooden coffee stirrers to replace disposable plastic ones. On long-haul routes, plastic wrappers for headphones and comfort kits have been removed. Various materials used on our flights are already reusable, so they are collected by our service providers in Portugal.
Given the cross-cutting nature of this program, we have also made some changes at our headquarters, our TAP Campus, by replacing some disposable plastic items with more ecologically-friendly solutions. As an example, we no longer use plastic cups in bars and are now using reusable items for all desserts, salads and meals at the company's cafeteria.
The TAP fleet is increasingly quiet, complying with the noise limits established by the ICAO (Annex 16, volume 1). From an operational point of view, TAP has also adopted several measures to minimize noise levels. While landing, for instance, pilots avoid using the engine to brake the aircraft (reverse thrust), using wheel brakes instead.