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easyJet to Showcase Innovative Sustainability Measures During Connecting Europe Days 2022

Updated: Jun 29, 2022

easyJet will be participating in Connecting Europe Days which is taking place today at Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport Terminal 2. The ‘Connecting Europe by Air – the Green Transformation’ is part of the event and will highlight the aviation industry’s efforts.

easyJet Showcases Suite of Innovative Sustainability Measures at Connecting Europe Days 2022 - Photo Credit: ©Thierry Perre / easyJet

On Tuesday (June 28, 2022), easyJet announced that they are participating at Connecting Europe Days 2022, and will showcase a suite of innovative sustainability measures they have undertaken. The even is taking place today (June 28th) at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport Terminal 2 in Lyon, France. The event includes ‘Connecting Europe by Air – the Green Transformation’, which will highlight all of the sustainability efforts the aviation industry is undertaking and to express what is needed from policymakers to support the transition to net-zero emissions. In collaboration with Single European Sky’s ATM Research (SESAR’s) ALBATROSS project, easyJet’s flight from Lisbon to Lyon (EJU4339) followed an optimized flight plan and was powered by a 30 percent blend of SAF provided by TotalEnergies.

In today’s announcment, easyJet’s Director of Group Markets and Marketing, Thomas Haagensen, said,

“Today’s event brings together all the key stakeholders in our sector in our shared commitment to decarbonise aviation. easyJet has committed to net-zero by 2050 when we joined Race to Zero last year. We also recently published our “35% by 2035” interim target. In order to reach this, different elements will play a role and some were showcased on our flights today: we need airspace modernisation, our SESAR-optimised flight showed what is possible; and we require affordable SAF at scale, the carbon savings benefits were demonstrated on three of our flights today.

“In the longer term, we believe that aviation needs to make radical changes and championing the development of a zero carbon emission aircraft to decarbonise aviation is a focus for easyJet. We have partnered with Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, GKN Aerospace and others to accelerate the development of zero carbon emission technologies, such as hydrogen, and the required infrastructure.

“Europe’s leading airline, easyJet is committed to working with the industry and governments to support and accelerate the change that’s needed. However, full decarbonisation cannot happen without government support, finally implementing the Single European Sky and incentivising new technologies. It is on us all to protect the benefits of aviation for generations to come, while at the same time ensure we do all possible to protect our planet for them.”

All easyJet flights already offer a 100 percent carbon offset at no additional cost to customers. The carrier is also mitigating the broader environmental impact from operations such as the elimination of over 36 million single-use onboard service items and the introduction of new crew uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles. Each uniform utilizes 45 bottles, offering the potential to prevent 2.7 million bottles from ending up in the ocean or a landfill over the next five years. The uniforms will be modeled at Airlines 4 Europe’s (A4E’s) Destination 2050 stand.

Since 2022 has been designated as the ‘European Year of Youth, the event will have a specific focus on young voices and views. Italian easyJet Pilot Diego Babuder will participate in the Youth Panel, and will discuss experiences of being a young person in aviation. In addition to his duties as a pilot, Mr. Babuder is undertaking a four-year research project, jointly organized by easyJet and the Poletecnio di Milano University, in one of the first Phd’s in Europe focused on air transport sustainability.

Source: easyJet


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