Flying is fantastic, it allows us to explore, relax and restore ourselves and it leads to amazing memories with old and new friends. But it’s time that we took responsibility for the effect flying has on the environment.
That’s why, for every single flight we operate, we offset the carbon from the fuel used, by investing in projects that include the planting of trees or protecting against deforestation and renewable energies.
We believe it makes us one of the largest investors in carbon offset projects globally. And even better, it will come at no cost to you, our customers.
We know carbon offsetting is an interim measure and right now it is the best way to address the carbon emitted from flying. It’s just part of our drive to become a more sustainable airline. We’ll continue to research and implement other ways to reduce emissions, such as removing weight from our aircraft or taxiing on one engine. We’re already championing the development of electric and hydrogen aviation technologies and will continue to do so.
We’ve been committed to reducing carbon emissions and efficient flying for a while now
- We’ve reduced our carbon emissions per passenger, per kilometre by over one-third since 2000, and our aim is to bring this down further.
- We introduced the Airbus A320neo aircraft back in June 2017 and in 2019 we took delivery of our first A321neo aircraft, which is our largest, quietest, most cost-efficient and most fuel-efficient aircraft yet.
- We aim to fill each flight so they’re efficient. In 2019 the load factor was 92.9%.
- To reduce fuel usage, we fly point-to-point routes rather than flying a customer to a hub airport and then on to their final destination.
- Where possible we use only one engine when taxiing on the ground; and use climb, descent and landing techniques that improve efficiency.
- To reduce weight and fuel consumption, we’ve introduced lightweight Recaro passenger seats and use electronic devices as opposed to paper documents.
We’ve joined forces with Bristol Airport to trial a range of initiatives with a long-term ambition to achieve net-zero operations at the airport.
What this means for you
If you choose to fly with us, you’re making a more environmentally conscious choice. Not only do we fly a modern fleet with aircraft 15% more fuel efficient but we’re the only major European airline to offset the carbon emissions from our fuel on all our flights, domestic and international. And we continue to push for new zero emission technologies.
And when you do choose us the cost of your flight won’t be impacted.
Since November 2019 we have flown millions of customers and, on their behalf, fully offset the carbon emissions from the fuel used on all of their flights. This means that we have compensated these emissions by investing in forestry and renewable energy carbon offset projects that are certified to the highest standards.
Introducing the Travel Better Series
We offset the carbon emissions from the fuel used on all our flights on behalf of all of our passengers.
In this series we will give you a closer look into some of the projects we invest in to help make that possible, as well as other initiatives that we are undertaking to help reduce our wider environmental impact.
Set in Ethiopia's largest alpine forest, the Bale Mountains are a thriving habitat that play a vital role in our ecosystem. To offset our carbon emission, we support this project that helps empower local communities and provides sustainable benefits that help protect our forests.
Ever imagine boarding a plane that’s powered by electricity or hydrogen?...well, we’re looking to make that a reality. Through a partnership with Wright Electric, who specialises in zero emissions technology, and a partnership with Airbus, the world's largest aircraft manufacturer, we are helping to pave the way towards operating zero emission flights.
To make our uniforms more sustainable, we’re evolving them to be made from a new hi-tech fabric that’s made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. When manufactured, the new uniforms create 75% fewer CO2 emissions compared to traditional polyester and will be made using renewable energy sources.
How are we carbon offsetting?
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We pay to participate in the highest standard carbon offsetting projects, that meet either the Gold Standard or Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) accreditation. This means working with EcoAct and First Climate; companies that are globally recognised and respected for their standards of offsetting.
The carbon offsetting projects we’re investing in include:
Forest regeneration in South America and Africa
Forests in South America and Africa are a habitat for flora and fauna, able to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help to control global CO2 emissions.
Due to high poverty levels among communities in the region there has been much deforestation for firewood and agricultural expansion.
The projects we’re investing in will help the government and local users to manage the responsibility of the forest. Making standing trees more valuable to local people by creating job opportunities and strengthening sustainable land-use practices that help protect the forest. The ultimate result will be the slowing and eventual halt of deforestation.
Solar energy in India
In India, fossil fuels are the primary source of energy, and coal accounts for 75% of the total energy consumption. The heavy reliance on fossil fuels results in the emission of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrogen into the atmosphere.
This project helps to diversify India’s energy mix, lessen the reliance on coal, and reduce the carbon intensity of the grid. The project is part of a large solar installation in Tamil Nadu with more than 820,000 solar panels which will eliminate the need to produce power using fossil fuels and cut around 350 kt of carbon dioxide annually.
This latest project aims to tackle Rwanda‘s health and environmental problems by improving cooking technology and is currently the largest stove distribution project of its kind in the world.
Currently, the majority of Rwandans rely on traditional wood fires for cooking, which are damaging to both health and the environment. Traditional fires are not only inefficient, they also produce toxic fumes and it is women and children in particular who suffer.
The project distributes new, more efficient cookstoves to households which reduces wood consumption, saves time and money, cuts carbon emission and reduces deforestation. As the stoves produce less pollutants, cooking is much safer for families.
DelAgua’s project really improves everyday life for the people of Rwanda and helps to create a cleaner world for all.
Looking ahead to the future
We believe flying should be a viable choice that’s open to everyone, and with easyJet it’s also the more environmentally conscious choice.
- We’re supporting Wright Electric who are working on creating an all-electric plane.
- Late in 2019 we announced a partnership with Airbus to support the development of their hybrid, electric and hydrogen aircraft.
- We’ll support the development of technologies necessary for hybrid, electric and hydrogen planes and champion advanced carbon capture technologies. We’ll use these technologies as well as sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) as they’re available and commercially viable.
- We’re working hard to reduce as much single use plastic as we can and for the last year we’ve been taking plastic out of our inflight food and drink products.
- Wherever possible we’re:
- Reducing the amount of plastic we use in general
- Incentivising the use of reusable cups by offering discounts on hot drinks for customers who bring their own
- Replacing plastic items with non-plastic alternatives, for example replacing plastic stirrers with wooden spoons