easyJet awarded ‘top marks’ for climate commitments

easyJet awarded 'top marks' for climate commitments

easyJet has been awarded an “industry leading” A- rating by the CDP in light of the budget airline’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint.

Achieving “top marks”, easyJet said, makes it one of the few airlines globally to receive the A- rating, having previously been graded a B.

The low-cost carrier said its score was boosted through the quality of its carbon disclosure as well as management of ‘climate risk’.

The CDP – formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project – is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions.

It is commonly regarded as the gold standard of environmental reporting – one that gathers the most comprehensive dataset on corporate climate action in the world.

Jane Ashton, easyJet’s sustainability director, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded an A- rating by the CDP – a true testament to the hard work we are all doing at easyJet to ensure that our SBTi-validated 2035 carbon reduction target is met and our aim to be net-zero by 2050 is realised.

“Decarbonising aviation continues to be a major undertaking and focus, which is why easyJet continues to take vital steps not only to safeguard the benefits the sector provides but also ensure that we do all that we can to minimise our impact.”

Since the last CDP reporting period, easyJet has completed the rollout of its descent profile optimisation (DPO) software, which reduces the amount of fuel used during landing by plotting a more fuel-efficient descent on all aircraft – making an estimated saving of at least 50kg of fuel per flight, the carrier claimed.

Further, a fifth of its fleet is now made up of Airbus A320neo family aircraft, which are 13 per cent more fuel-efficient and up to 50 per cent quieter during take-off, according to easyJet.

Dexter Galvin, chief commercial and partnerships officer at the CDP, said: “A CDP score is a snapshot of a company’s environmental transparency based on activities and positions disclosed through CDP … 

“To score ‘A’ for climate change, companies must meet a minimum threshold score, reputational checks and several key criteria, including externally verifying 100 per cent of their scope 1 and 2 emissions – up from 70 per cent last year – and reporting a transition plan that is 1.5C-aligned, publicly available and which has board-level oversight and management responsibility.

“Companies scored in CDP’s highest ‘A’ band (A and A- scores) are among the most transparent when it comes to disclosed actions, but it’s important to note they are by no means at the end of their environmental journey.”

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