Ryanair pledges to hit net zero by 2050

It is increasing its use of SAF and procuring new planes to cut down carbon emissions

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Ryanair has committed to becoming net zero by 2050.

The Irish budget airline has set four targets that it believes will help it achieve this aim. These include a 34% level of decarbonisation using sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in its flights, 32% through technological and operational improvements, 24% through offsetting and 10% through improved air traffic control.

With a heavy focus on SAF, Ryanair will now work alongside the EU to increase its supply and use research from Trinity College Dublin to understand more alternatives.

It is also investing $22 billion (£16.6bn) in buying 210 new aircrafts – the Boeing 737-8200. This plane is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 16%, noise pollution by 40% and carry 4% more passengers.

Director of Sustainability, Thomas Fowler, said: “We are working tirelessly with our team and strategic partners to lead the way in making aviation more sustainable.

“While we’ve already come a long way, we will continue to lead the sustainable aviation agenda in European aviation as we embark on our ambitious pathway to net zero by 2050.”