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easyJet Signs Up for the Airbus Carbon Capture Offer

easyJet has signed up for the Airbus Carbon Capture Offer, a technology that uses Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS), offering airlines worldwide carbon removal credits to advance their goal of achieving net zero emissions.

Airbus and easyJet Celebrate Carbon Capture Partnership - Courtesy Airbus

On Monday (October 9, 2023), Airbus announced that easyJet has become amongst the first airlines worldwide to sign up for the Airbus Carbon Capture Offer, which uses Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS), offering airlines carbon removal credits to advance their decarbonization goals. DACCS filters and removes CO2 emissions directly from the air using high powered extraction fans. The CO2 is then safely and permanently stored in underground reservoirs. Since emissions released into the atmosphere during aircraft operations cannot be eliminated directly at the source, DACCS technology allows an equivalent amount of CO2 to be extracted from the air. The pioneering Airbus technology complements other carbon reduction schemes such as the use of SAF.

In Monday’s announcement, easyJet’s Group Markets Director, Thomas Haagensen, said,

“Decarbonising a hard to abate sector, such as aviation, is a huge challenge and we believe carbon removal will play an important role in addressing our residual emissions in the future, complementing other components to help us achieve our pathway to net zero. Our ultimate aim is to achieve zero carbon emission flying and, as well as investing into important projects like direct air carbon capture technology, we are working with multiple partners – including Airbus – to accelerate the development of zero carbon emission aircraft technology.”

Also commenting on the new sustainability partnership with easyJet, Airbus’ EVP – Communications, Sustainability & Corporate Affairs, Julie Kitcher, added,

“easyJet is a strong advocate of decarbonisation, for its operations and the wider aviation sector. This agreement demonstrates the airline’s willingness to extend its environmental commitment through Airbus’ Carbon Capture Offer. Initiatives such as this one underline Airbus’ commitment to decarbonisation solutions for our industry and to, bringing together airlines and industry players from all sectors in order to build a sustainable aviation ecosystem.”

easyJet serves over 150 airports across 35 countries, and operates nearly 1,000 routes. The airline has a fleet of more than 300 aircraft, and over 300 million Europeans live within an hour’s drive of an airport served by easyJet. During 2022, easyJet carried more than 69 million passengers. The popular low-cost carrier (LCC) is dedicated to innovation and leads the industry in digital, web, engineering and operational efficiencies. easyJet joined the UN-backed ‘Race to Zero’ in November 2021 and has published their roadmap to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Source(s): Airbus, easyJet

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