ESG Sustainability

ASL Aviation Holdings Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)

ASL’s ESG policy was introduced to further strengthen the Group’s unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability, our people and social commitments and operating safely and responsibly in full compliance as promoted and protected by both our Safer Skies and Governance policies and procedures.

A Commitment to Care, Compassion and Compliance

ASL is committed to compliance and governance, to the safety and security of our staff, to our customers, the communities we serve and act in the best interests of our environment and our planet.

ASL ESG Approach

  • ASL Aviation Holdings group is a global aviation services group committed to operating our businesses safely and ethically and in full compliance of all laws and regulations.

  • ASL is developing its airlines responsibly to reflect the urgent needs of our planet for cleaner aviation, reduced carbon emissions and/or a robust carbon emissions redress scheme.

  • ASL cares for its staff all over the world and aims to create and maintain a strong work-life balance for all staff, with career and learning opportunities delivered in a safe and supportive environment and in accordance with our gender diversity policies.

  • ASL recognises the important role it plays as part of the local community, working throughout our global bases, to help foster and support a dynamic community spirit based on care and compassion.

  • ASL ensures its compliance with all laws, regulations and policies through its governance procedures which are based on an extensive monitoring and reporting structure.

ASL Aviation Holdings ESG activities and policies reflect the Group’s awareness of its responsibilities to people and the planet. Aviation is vital to global social and economic wellbeing and will continue to advance essential connectivity between countries, economies, people and families. However, ASL is mindful that aviation, while fundamental, must also be sustainable, and we aim to promote and aspire to this sustainability through our ESG commitments.

At ASL we monitor and measure our carbon emissions and our environmental sustainability activities to ensure our progress on our path to net-zero emissions. These measurements and activities are summarised in our ESG Snapshots.

Destination 2050

ASL has committed to Destination 2050, the European aviation industry’s roadmap to net-zero emissions by 2050.
ASL Aviation Holdings, its European airlines and MRO X-air services are members of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA).

ERA is an aviation representative association representing more than 55 airlines and over 130 associate members, including manufacturers, airports, suppliers and aviation service providers, across the entire spectrum of the aviation industry.

ERA and other aviation representative associations, A4E, ACI Europe, ASD and CANSO, are committed to work together with all stakeholders and policy-makers to achieve the following climate objectives:

  • Reaching net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 from all flights within and departing from the EU.

    • This means that by 2050, emissions from these flights will be reduced as much as possible, with any residual emissions being removed from the atmosphere through negative emissions, achieved through natural carbon sinks (e.g., forests) or dedicated technologies (carbon capture and storage).
    • For intra-EU flights, net zero in 2050 might be achieved with close to no market-based measures.

  • Reducing net CO2 emissions from all flights within and departing from the EU by 45% by 2030 compared to the baseline.

    • In 2030, net CO2 emissions from intraEU flights would be reduced by 55% compared to 1990 levels.

  • Assessing the feasibility of making 2019 the peak year for absolute CO2 emissions from flights within and departing from the EU.

Through ERA, ASL is actively involved in discussions and representations on Fit for 55, the European Commissions package of proposals to meet the EU’s target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. The proposed package aims to bring EU legislation in line with the 2030 goal.

The Fit for 55 package is a set of proposals to revise and update EU legislation and to put in place new initiatives with the aim of ensuring that EU policies are in line with the climate goals agreed by the Council and the European Parliament.

Environmental Sustainability Commitments and Endorsements

ASL Aviation Holdings has endorsed both the Toulouse Declaration and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Fly Net-Zero programme.

In February 2022, ASL Aviation Holdings formally endorsed the ‘Toulouse Declaration’ which followed an aviation summit hosted by the French Presidency of the European Union. This declaration was widely endorsed by airline and airport representative associations and further commits the aviation industry to meeting carbon emissions reduction targets by 2030 and to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

ASL Airlines Ireland, ASL Airlines Belgium, ASL Airlines France and FlySafair, South Africa are members of IATA. At the 77th IATA Annual General Meeting in Boston, USA, on 4 October 2021, a resolution was passed by IATA member airlines committing them to achieving net-zero carbon emissions from their operations by 2050. This pledge brings air transport in line with the objectives of the Paris agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C.