The airline’s carbon emissions – for each kilometre travelled by passengers – have dropped below 80 grams for the first time thanks to improving technology and focussing on reducing weight and improving operating efficiency.
The airline began reporting on carbon emissions in 2000 and since then easyJet’s emissions have reduced from 116.2 grams (a reduction of over 31 per cent) and are now 79.98 grams per passenger kilometre, down from 81.05 grams the previous year.
easyJet has set a new target to reduce its emissions further to around 77 grams by 2020 – a reduction of more than 33 per cent in twenty years.
Its pilots save fuel, while still operating the aircraft safely and effectively, by using only one of the two engines whilst taxiing, which averages 20 minutes for each flight – the equivalent of around four million miles a year.
This June, easyJet will take delivery of its first new generation Airbus A320neo aircraft, with 130 to join the fleet by 2022. These will be 15 per cent more fuel efficient than existing aircraft types as well as reducing noise by 50 per cent.
Captain Chris Foster, who leads easyJet’s carbon efficiency programme, said: “At easyJet we want to make sure that we take our passengers where they want to go with the lowest carbon emissions. Through our efficiency programme we continually look for ways to reduce fuel usage and emissions.
“We are very pleased to have delivered emissions below 80 grams for each passenger kilometre for the first time and look forward to reaching our target of 77 grams by 2020.
“By using modern aircraft and flying them efficiently we will have successfully reduced the carbon impact of our flights by a third in twenty years, delivering a step change in the environmental impact of our flights.”