Jet2.com has launched what it claims will be “one of the largest offsetting schemes” offered by an airline as part of its sustainability strategy.
The carrier also said its ground operations became carbon neutral on January 1, along with the offices it shares with sister operator Jet2holidays, which now run on renewable energy.
The launch of the offset scheme is part of Jet2’s sustainability strategy, unveiled in September 2021, under which is aims to achieve net zero before the government’s target date of 2050.
The new commitment will see the airline offset every tonne of its carbon emissions not already covered by contributions to the existing Corsia and UK and EU Emissions Trading Schemes.
Steve Heapy, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays chief executive, said: “The launch of our carbon offsetting scheme today marks the first major step in our journey to net zero.
“It is our responsibility to pay for every tonne of carbon we emit and today’s announcement makes this a reality, meaning that from January 1, 2022 our customers can be assured that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have their carbon covered.”
“This, however, is just one milestone in our journey to reach our sustainability targets. 2022 also marks the realisation of our carbon neutral ground operations, and we are also powering our offices with 100% renewable energy.
“This year we will also continue to make strides to develop our commitment to sustainable aviation fuel as well as our hotel sustainability charter, so that we are becoming more sustainable in the air, on the ground and in resort.”
Heapy added: “We will also be calling on governments at home and in Europe to match the increased regulation on aviation by taking their own actions to decarbonise the sector.
“This includes investing the proceeds of the UK & EU Emissions Trading Schemes, as well any other green levies imposed on the aviation industry, directly into decarbonisation as well as reporting on where these proceeds are being invested.
“We will also continue pushing for airspace reforms across Europe which will dramatically and immediately reduce carbon emissions in EU airspace by at least 10%.”