JetBlue joins a growing cast of airlines offsetting the carbon emissions from flights.
Beginning this July, the airline will offset CO2 emissions from all of its U.S. domestic flights. The airline said that will be equivalent to between 7 and 8 million tons of carbon emissions per year, or “the annual equivalent of removing more than 1.5 million passenger vehicles from the road.”
JetBlue claims to be “the first major U.S. airline to take this critical and measurable step toward reducing its contribution to global warming.” Meanwhile, a few European airlines announced similar initiatives, including Easyjet, British Airways and Air France.
JetBlue will work with carbon offsetting organizations Carbonfund.org, Eco Act and South Pole to achieve its domestic offsetting goals. The projects it will fund include supporting landfill gas capture, forestry conservation and the development of solar and wind farms.
JetBlue said it will also start using sustainable aviation fuel on flights from San Francisco International Airport later this year. The airline will buy the fuel, made from waste and residue raw materials, from Neste, the world’s largest manufacturer of renewable diesel.
“Air travel connects people and cultures, and supports a global economy, yet we must act to limit this critical industry’s contributions to climate change,” says Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue. “We reduce where we can and offset where we can’t. By offsetting all of our domestic flying, we’re preparing our business for the lower-carbon economy that aviation – and all sectors – must plan for.”
“The airline industry is one of the few industries that has collectively committed to an international emissions reduction goal. Air travel brings so much good to the world and JetBlue has always been about making our essential industry better.
“Carbon offsetting is a bridge to, not a silver bullet for, a lower carbon future. Reducing and mitigating our greenhouse gas emissions is a fundamental aspect of our business plan and our mission to inspire humanity.”
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