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Transport & Environment Report Is Guesswork

“This report by Transport & Environment is based on guesswork and not facts. Claims in this report that regional airports are “likely to be in receipt of state aid” is not research, it’s guesswork. The airports they refer to represent less than 6% of Ryanair’s 152m annual traffic.

 Ryanair does not receive subsidies. We negotiate arms-length commercial agreements with our airports, which all fully comply with EU competition rules. Primary beneficiaries of Ryanair’s regional flights are passengers and regional tourism – not shareholders. 

Ryanair actively supports regional airports and hundreds of thousands of jobs in regional economies. Without Ryanair’s services many of these airports would close down.

Ryanair is Europe’s greenest/cleanest major airline with the youngest fleet and highest load factors. Our CO2 per passenger/km is 66g, half the rate of other flag carrier European airlines. Ryanair is committed to reducing this by a further 10% to under 60g per pax/km by 2030.

 Ryanair paid over €540m in environmental taxes in 2018 and will pay over €630m in 2019 (up 17%). This equates to €4.12 per passenger, which is 11% of Ryanair’s average air fare.

As part of Ryanair’s environmental commitment, we are investing over US$20 billion in a fleet of 210 new Boeing 737 aircraft, which will carry 4% more passengers but reduce fuel burn by 16% and cut noise emissions by 40%.”

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First Climate

Uganda

First Climate is Ryanair’s partner for its voluntary carbon offset scheme. This program enables Ryanair passengers to donate to offset travel-related emissions when booking their flight with Ryanair.

The funds are used to support a project in Uganda which distributes energy efficient cookstoves to households in the Kampala region. It does so by offering technical and financial support to manufacturers and by promoting the new stove technology to raise demand and awareness in the local community.

To date, the project has enabled the commercialisation of more than 520,000 improved cookstoves. It has a major positive impact by contributing to climate change mitigation and improving the lives of local families.

Read more about First Climate here.

Renature Monchique

Portugal

The partnership, launched March 2019 as part of Ryanair’s Carbon Offset initiative will not only offset tonnes of carbon but will also help revitalise the ecology of the Monchique region. This project will support the restoration of important and unique forest habitats to the fire-devastated areas of Monchique in the Algarve. Read more about GEOTA here.

Native Woodland Trust

Ireland

The Native Woodland Trust is one of Ryanair’s 2019 environment partners. A portion of all Ryanair customers’ environmental donations will go towards the purchase of land near one of the last ancient woods in Ireland.

NWT  will collect tree seed only from within this wood, establish a tree nursery on site and plant a new forest which connects to the original wood  – thus extending the existing forest, using only trees which originated in that specific forest.

By not bringing trees from further afield, it avoids risk of introducing outside genes or diseases. Extending the boundaries of the wood will also increase its critical mass and buffer it from outside influences.

Ancient woodlands are the last remnants of the massive forests that once covered all of Ireland. They are home to a unique assemblage of biodiversity and there is no better woodland in Ireland that we could seek to extend nor from which to collect native tree seed.

Read more about Native Woodland Trust here.

Irish Whale & Dolphin Group

Ireland

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is one of Ryanair’s 2019 environment partners and a portion of all Ryanair customer’s environmental donations will go towards a major study of humpback and fin whales in Irish waters – called Whaletrack Ireland.

The project will allow IWDG, with the help of citizen scientists, to carry out photo-identification on individual whales, where they can identify individual whales by their unique markings. The use of drones will help IWDG to measure the size and condition of whales and carry out biopsy sampling to explore genetic origins, diet and pollution burdens. In the long-term, IWDG hope to deploy satellite tags on a small number of humpback whales, to learn more about their migration routes and locate their breeding grounds. WhaleTrack Ireland is a very exciting project, essential to help the recovery and management of this charismatic species, which is an ambassador for marine conservation.

Read more about Whale Track Ireland here.

Ryanair’s CMO, Kenny Jacobs said:

 “Ryanair is the largest and greenest airline in Europe. We surpass all of our competitors when it comes to carbon emissions per kilometre per passenger. This is down to two main aspects. our extremely young fleet and the efficiency of our operation.
Our business model means Ryanair is Europe’s greenest and cleanest airline, as we:

-Operate only point-to-point routes with industry leading load factors

-Continuously invest in fuel-efficient new aircraft and improved engine technology

and

-Conduct the most efficient operational procedures in the industry from paperless cockpits to single engine taxiing.

We are industry leaders in fuel efficiency. We operate the youngest fleet of any major airline with an average age of 6 years. We deliver an industry-leading CO2 per passenger-km metric, which is 25% lower than the average of the other four largest European airlines and 39% lower than the average of 21 airlines tracked globally.

On top of this, last year we introduced a voluntary carbon offset scheme where customers can offset the carbon cost of their flight by making a voluntary donation to our climate charity partners at the end of the booking process. The funds raised go to support certified climate change projects, chosen by our people. These partners include:
First Climate, Renature Monchique, Native Woodland Trust and Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.

At First Climate The funds are used to support a project in Uganda which distributes energy efficient cookstoves to households in the Kampala region. It does so by offering technical and financial support to manufacturers and by promoting the new stove technology to raise demand and awareness in the local community.

Our partnership with Renature Monchique will not only offset tonnes of carbon but will also help revitalise the ecology of the Monchique region. This project will support the restoration of important and unique forest habitats to the fire-devastated areas of Monchique in the Algarve.

Thanks to Ryanair and its customers, the Irish Native Woodland Trust will have the funds to acquire a large plot of land near one of the last ancient woods in Ireland. They will establish a tree nursery on site and plant a new forest which connects to the original wood – thus extending the existing forest This project is extremely unique and one that we think has never been done before in Ireland at this scale.

Finally, our voluntary carbon offset fund will go towards an exciting project called WhaleTrack Ireland, led by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. This project focusses on the study and conservation of Humpback and fin whales in Irish inshore waters.

At Ryanair we are tremendously proud of these initiatives and are extremely excited to keep our customers up to date with how our partners are doing throughout the year as we work towards a greener Europe. All we ask is for you to continue supporting this initiative by donating at the end of the booking process, where every cent will go towards our amazing partners. ”