With the highest passenger load factor (96 percent) and one of the youngest fleets (on average 6 years), Ryanair has reported delivering the lowest CO2 per passenger/km in the EU airline industry.

According to the company, its current average CO2 per person/km of 67g p.a is substantially lower than its EU competitors, and Ryanair has committed to reducing this further to under 60g per pax/km by 2030 – as outlined in its Environmental Policy.

Ryanair’s environmental commitment has been stated as an investment of over US$20 billion in a fleet of 210 new Boeing 737 “gamechanger” aircraft, delivered between 2019 and 2024, which will carry 4 percent more passengers, but with 16 percent lower fuel burn and 40 percent lower noise emissions.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “Ryanair is Europe’s greenest/cleanest airline. We have the youngest fleet and highest load factors, so our CO2 per passenger/km is 67g p.a (almost half the rate of other big European airlines). Over the past decade Ryanair’s CO2 per passenger/km has been cut by 18 percent from 82g to 67g, while competitors such as Lufthansa, BA and AF-KLM currently generate over 120g per passenger/km”.