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GE Sets 2050 Goal of Zero Emissions From Jet Engines, Gas Power

The conglomerate announced the goal with its annual sustainability report, but offered no supporting details.

A worker stands on the assembly line for gas turbines at the GE plant in Greenville, South Carolina.

A worker stands on the assembly line for gas turbines at the GE plant in Greenville, South Carolina.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

General Electric Co. vowed to curb the greenhouse gases produced by the use of its products—including thousands of fossil-fueled turbines and jet engines in operation around the world—in a bid to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

The new goal, announced in GE’s annual sustainability report on Monday, signals that the industrial giant plans to go beyond an earlier pledge to make its own operations carbon neutral by 2030. The announcement includes no specific targets or concrete details about how it will achieve those emissions cuts, however, nor has the company yet quantified the reductions necessary to achieve that goal, though it said it would do so in the future.