Environment

2019 Partners

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. We have partnered with First Climate, Renature Monchique, Native Woodland Trust and Irish Whale & Dolphin which carry out projects in Uganda, Portugal and Ireland respectively. Read more about each of our partners by clicking on their logos below:

Europe’s Greenest Airline

Operating the youngest fleet in Europe, high load factors and efficient fuel burn, has enabled us to continuously lower our CO2 emissions to become the greenest airline in Europe. We are the Number 1 for Carbon Efficiency and we will continue to lead the way.

Read our Environmental Policy 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 (94% p.a.)

-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. ”

Climate Targets

We commit to reducing our CO2 emissions to 61.4g per pax km by 2030 – 8% lower than our current levels and 66% lower than 2000.We support IATA’s 2050 target to reduce aviation sector emissions by 50% versus 2005 levels.

Aircraft

Our fleet is made up of the youngest, most fuel efficient, quietest aircraft around. Our new Boeing 737-MAX aircraft, which come on stream from 2019, will reduce noise by up to 40% per seat, and fuel consumption by up to 16%. This will reduce our noise footprint per passenger by 93% compared with our old 727-200 fleet. Winglets on our planes reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 4%.  Our lightweight seats reduce fuel burn by 1% per aircraft. The high-density seating design of an all-economy class & our industry-leading load factors maximise the total number of passengers per flight.

Voluntary Carbon Offset

Customers can now offset the carbon cost of their flight by making a voluntary donation to a climate charity at the end of the booking process, with the funds raised going to support certified climate change projects, chosen by our people.

Priorities

  • Ryanair is committed to minimising our environmental impact. Through a process of continuous improvement, we will:
  • Continue to comply fully with the environmental rules, regulations, standards, and codes of practice that apply to our sites, our people and operations;
  • Limit the impact of aircraft noise on local environments; Our new Boeing 737-MAX-200 arriving in spring 2019 will further reduce noise by up to 40% per seat;
  • Minimise fuel and energy consumption to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants impacting air quality;
  • Commit to achieving an emissions rate of 61.4 grams of CO2 per passenger km by 2030, which is 8% lower than our current rate and 31% lower than the average of the four other biggest European airlines;
  • Offer our customers an easy-to-use voluntary mechanism to offset the carbon cost of their journeys.
  • Work to remove all non-recyclable plastics from our operations over the next 5 years.

Why Ryanair?

Aviation is the most efficient form of mass point-to-point transport, accounting for just 2% of EU man-made CO2 emissions. (Road transport is 26%). The fuel burn per passenger km for a Ryanair aircraft is 0.019l, 44% less than the fuel burn per passenger km of a typical family carof 0.034l.

Nevertheless, as a very small part of a big problem, aviation must play its role in addressing climate change; and Ryanair, as Europe’s largest and most successful airline, is committed to leading the way. We support the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to less than 2°C above pre industrial levels. We support IATA’s 2050 target of an aviation sector that emits a net 50% less CO2 against 2005 levels.