GOL is the second largest domestic and international carrier in Brasil, with 122 aircraft in a single optimized fleet. Since 2011, we´ve been leading the Brazilian effort to establish integrated value chains to produce sustainable aviation fuels for low carbon flights. As we see it, sustainable aviation fuels will be the final way to “decarbonize our operations”.
Under the Paris Agreement that went into effect on November 4th, 2016, carbon pricing will play a major role to achieve the decarbonization efforts established in the NDCs of participating nations.
Measurement of our emissions was the first step five years ago: we became member of the Brazilian GHG reporting system protocol. Second step was to expand and connect our concept of fuel conservation projects to fuel and carbon reduction. Understanding our emissions and what we can do, we developed a road map of operational, infrastructure, airspace and renewable fuels projects that consolidate our integrated vision of a Decarbonization Program.
Regarding the renewable fuels projects, we are currently working with the Federal, State and Municipal governments in Brazil on integrated biojetfuel value chains, and we have high interest to enhance global, regional, national and sub-national understanding of the emerging practices in the implementation of carbon pricing.
We are working with the states of Minas Gerais, Pernambuco, Mato Grosso, São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul, for a highly integrated value chain, “from research to fly” to produce RSB certified biomass, logistically optimized value chains, to supply renewable jet fuel and renewable (green) diesel for low carbon flights in Brazil. These developments should lead us to a certified, sustainable and cost parity renewable fuel in the medium or long term. Also, and not less important, we are working close to with Brazilian Federal Government to define and establish a national policy and act for sustainable aviation fuels.
Carbon pricing will be a key economic factor for the competiveness of renewable fuels in our reforestation projects and agreements for production of sustainable aviation fuels for the intended continuous low-carbon flights of our company and will help bring closer this future of a “decarbonized operation”.
Taking part of Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition will allow Brazil to address the decarbonization efforts of the civil aviation in sync with ICAO´s GMBM guidelines (CORSIA) and the goals of the Paris Agreement.