easyJet Updates Sustainability Strategy, Aims to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 35% by 2035
easyJet PLC has revised its sustainability strategy, intending to reduce carbon emissions by 35% by 2035 while moving away from offsetting.
The Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) certified the airline's aim, "making easyJet the first low-cost carrier worldwide to announce this."
The UK budget airline insisted on prioritising new technology with the long-term goal of achieving net-zero emissions across all fleets.
The carrier intends to cut carbon emissions intensity by 78% by 2050, with residual emissions addressed through carbon removals.
It emphasised that investments "would shift away from offsetting and toward driving in-sector carbon reductions."
EasyJet's goals include using more environmentally friendly fuel and becoming an early adopter of zero-carbon technology "when the technology is available and commercially viable."
Since around 2000, the company has lowered carbon emissions per passenger per kilometre by one-third, indicating a considerable acceleration in its decarbonisation.
Johan Lundgren, chief executive, commented:
“Challenging the status quo is in easyJet’s DNA – from making flying affordable for everyone to leading the sector on decarbonisation.
“And I’m really pleased that our partner Rolls Royce has also confirmed today it is making final preparations for the first hydrogen engine tests to take place.
“We will be implementing our roadmap step by step in the years to come, helping to ensure more sustainable travel is accessible to all for the benefit of the next generation and our planet.”