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easyJet unveils ambitious net zero emissions plan – Airways Magazine

DALLAS – British airline easyJet (U2) has updated its ambitious net-zero roadmap to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050. The airline will abandon carbon offsetting and prioritize new technologies to reduce carbon emissions. 35% by 2035.

Since November 2019, easyJet has been offsetting the carbon emissions used on all flights in its network, becoming the first major airline in the world to do so. Indeed, since 2000, easyJet has succeeded in reducing its carbon emissions per passenger-kilometre by a third. This was done by adding more fuel efficient aircraft to the fleet and introducing operational efficiencies such as single engine taxis.

Carbon offset change

Now the airline plans to “move away from offsetting to focus on reducing emissions in the sector”.

Long-time Airbus operator U2 will work with the European aircraft maker to adapt the technology to compatible aircraft to make descents more fuel efficient. This will include Descent Profile Optimization (DPO) and Continuous Descent Approach (CDA). Once complete, easyJet will operate the world’s largest DPO and CDA compliant fleet.

The airline has already tested the use of sustainable aviation fuels. Photo: easyJet.

The airline also hopes to introduce more sustainable aviation fuels and become an early adopter of zero-emission aircraft “when the technology is available and commercially viable.”

Responsible for sustainable development

U2 CEO Johan Lundgren said the latest update demonstrates the airline’s passion “to be at the forefront of challenging global aviation and the journey to net zero”. Challenging the status quo is in easyJet’s DNA, whether it’s making flying affordable for all or leading the industry on decarbonisation.

“And I am really delighted that our partner Rolls Royce has also confirmed today that it is making final preparations for the first hydrogen engine trials,” he added.

easyJet has partnered with Wright Electric to create an all-electric aircraft. Photo: easyJet.

“We will implement our roadmap step by step in the years to come, helping to ensure that more sustainable travel is accessible to all for the benefit of the next generation and our planet.”

The announcement comes after the airline saw an increase in passenger numbers in July and August. The numbers have risen from 3.7 million in July 2021 to 8.1 million this year. Meanwhile, U2 carried 8.3 million in August 2022 compared to 5.1 million the previous year.

Feature Image: The airline has replaced its older Airbus jets with more fuel-efficient ‘neo’ planes. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways.

Cory E. Barnes

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