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Ryanair announces decarbonisation strategy

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Ryanair's 'Pathway to Net Zero' has been developed to reduce its carbon emissions and the impact of its operations on the environment. The strategy outlines four core strategic pillars underpinning the airline’s ambitious goal of net carbon zero by 2050.

These four pillars are as follows:

  • 34% decarbonisation through the increased use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).
  • 32% decarbonisation through technological and operational improvements.
  • 24% decarbonisation through offsetting and other economic measures.
  • 10% decarbonisation through the introduction of better Air Traffic Management.

With more than one-third of its decarbonisation to come from the increased use of SAF, Ryanair is working with the EU and fuel suppliers to accelerate the supply of SAF. As part of this, the company has established the Ryanair Sustainable Aviation Research Centre in partnership with Trinity College Dublin. This partnership will deliver research in SAF, Zero Carbon Aircraft Propulsion Systems and Noise Mapping.

Ryanair will continue to invest in new technology and aircraft, as underpinned by its US$22 billion commitment to purchase 210 Boeing 737-8200 ‘gamechanger’ aircraft. To date the airline has taken delivery of 55 ‘gamechanger’ aircraft, which carry 4% more passengers, reduces fuel consumption and CO2 by 16%, and lowers noise emissions by 40%.

The final leg of Ryanair’s Pathway to Net Zero will come from a combination of offsetting measures, through carbon capture offset projects and the support of key government policies and reforms, such as the introduction of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) initiative. If successfully introduced by the European Commission, the SESAR would deliver a standardised and more efficient air traffic management process, delivering a significant and immediate 10% reduction in European aviation carbon emissions.

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