Commercial, Energy Efficiency - November 15, 2021
EasyJet Lowers Carbon Emissions by 2035
EasyJet announced it has joined Race to Zero, a global UN-backed campaign to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest and is committed to setting an interim science-based target for 2035.
The UK-based airline said it will align with the criteria and recommendations of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and plans to present its net-zero roadmap in the coming months.
“We have a responsibility to minimise the impact of our flights and we are working very hard to make this happen - from efficient flying and fleet renewal to being the only major European carrier that is offsetting the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all its flights on behalf of all its customers,” said Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, in a statement. “Our ambition is to ultimately achieve net-zero emissions flying in the UK and across Europe and we are proactively working alongside industry leaders, such as Airbus and Wright Electric, to help support and champion zero-emission technologies for passenger planes of the future.”
EasyJet said it became the first major airline worldwide in 2019 to offset the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all its flights and currently remains the only major airline in Europe to do so.
The airline acknowledges that offsetting can only be an interim solution and is working with its partners, Airbus and Wright Electric, to accelerate the development of zero-emission technologies. The airline is optimistic that it could begin flying customers on planes powered by hydrogen-combustion, hydrogen-electric or a hybrid of both by the mid to late-2030s.
EasyJet operates Airbus NEO aircraft, which are 15% more fuel efficient than the planes they replace.
The airline reduces fuel consumption in its daily operations with single-engine taxiing on departure and arrival and the use of advanced weather information to improve navigation performance. Since 2000 EasyJet has reduced its carbon emissions per passenger kilometre efficiency by more than a third.
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