Carbon emissions

easyJet’s CO2 emissions in the 2015 financial year were 6.1 million tonnes, compared to 5.9 million tonnes for the 2014 financial year, an increase of 3.4%.

The increase in overall emissions has been due to the continued expansion of easyJet’s operations, as this year easyJet’s passenger numbers increased by 6% compared to 2014.

easyJet’s calculation of emissions is based on fuel burn measurement, which is verified to comply with the European Union’s Emission Trading System requirements. CO2 equivalents from emissions of other greenhouse gases are not included as there are no conversion factors available for these emissions from aircraft fuel burn.

easyJet’s route network primarily overlaps with legacy airlines, which tend to operate older and less efficient fleets. easyJet aircraft on average carry more passengers than aircraft of many other airlines operating on similar routes, which means carbon emissions per passenger are lower. This transfer of passengers from less efficient airlines means that easyJet is contributing to the reduction of aviation carbon emissions.

To obtain a better understanding of how efficiently easyJet carries its passengers we also monitor emissions per passenger kilometre.

This year easyJet’s carbon emissions per passenger kilometre, the standard industry measure of efficiency, were 81.05 grams (g) per passenger kilometre (km), down from 82.03g / per passenger km in financial year 2014.

In 2013 we set targets for the reduction of its carbon emissions per passenger kilometre of 2.5% by 2017 and 5% by 2022. We have already exceeded the 2017 target, with per passenger kilometre emissions already 3.2% lower in 2015 than 2013, and easyJet is on track to exceed the 2022 target.

As easyJet expects to exceed its current emissions reduction target, and plans to increase the number of passengers on each aircraft, it has increased its target.

easyJet’s new target is to reduce its carbon emissions per passenger kilometre by 8% by 2020 compared to 2013.

*Chart – Carbon emissions per passenger kilometre

  • 2015 – 81.05g
  • 2014 - 82.03g
  • 2013 - 83.76g
  • 2012 - 85.48g
  • 2011 - 84.6g
  • 2010 - 84.4g