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British Airways Appoints Carrie Harris as New Head of Sustainability

Carrie Harris joins British Airways from the International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) where she has served as the Group’s Sustainability Manager for the last five years. The appointment reflects the carrier’s commitment to the environment and community investment.


British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - Courtesy British Airways

On Monday (December 7, 2020), British Airways announced the appointment of Carrie Harris as the new Head of Sustainability, reflecting the airline’s commitment to the environment, diversity, inclusion, wellbeing and community investment. Ms. Harris joins the carrier from the International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), where she served as the Group Sustainability Manager over the last five years. She is also a Chartered Environmentalist, a Fellow of IEMA (the accreditation body for sustainability professionals) and a registered environmental auditor. Ms. Harris also holds two Master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Management. In her new role, she will responsible for a team of eight and will report to Louise Evans, Director of External Communications & Sustainability.


Last year, Harris launched IAG’s Flightpath to Net Zero, the Group’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In Monday’s announcement, British Airways’ Director of External Communications and External Communications, Louise Evans, said,


“Sustainability is absolutely fundamental to British Airways’ future strategy and I am delighted to welcome Carrie to British Airways as Head of Sustainability. This is a crucial role in our organization, and I know Carrie’s expertise, as well as her ability to deliver, will have a hugely positive impact on our sustainability agenda.”


Also commenting on her new position, British Airways’ new Head of Sustainability, Carrie Harris, added,


British Airways' New Head of Sustainability, Carrie Harris - Courtesy British Airways

“We know our customers, colleagues and investors want to see sustainability at the heart of everything we do at British Airways, so this is an incredible opportunity for me to build on the great work that is already well underway. As we head into 2021, we’ll be taking a fresh look at all we do to ensure sustainability is embedded in our culture, our operation and our customers’ experience; from technological solutions such as zero emissions hydrogen aircraft and sustainable aviation fuels for the medium to long-term, to operational efficiency and carbon offset and removal projects in the short-term. We’ll also be focused on improving diversity, inclusion and wellbeing within the organization and ensuring we contribute meaningfully to the communities where we operate in the UK and around the world.”


As previously reported, later this week British Airways will retire the final Boing 747 in their fleet, four years earlier than planned. The carrier has replaced the aging and inefficient aircraft with modern Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A350s, which deliver a reduced fuel burn of 25-40 percent.



Source: British Airways

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