Budget carrier JetBlue to use sustainable fuelBusiness | 7 Jan 2020 9:24 am
No-frills US airline JetBlue will go carbon neutral for all domestic flights starting this summer, the company announced Monday, AFP reports.
The carrier said it will be the first major US airline to do so in a bid to reduce its contributions to global warming.
The company also said it would begin using "sustainable aviation fuel" on flights from San Francisco later this year. "We reduce where we can and offset where we can't," JetBlue Chief Executive Robin Hayes said in the statement.
Offsets are investments in things like planting trees or renewable energy, which reduce or consume carbon and effectively cancel out other emissions
While it is "not a silver bullet," Hayes said that "By offsetting all of our domestic flying, we're preparing our business for the lower-carbon economy
that aviation -- and all sectors -- must plan for."
Commercial aviation reportedly accounts for about two percent of all carbon emissions worldwide. The industry in 2009 pledged to cut emissions in half by
2050, but according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, fuel consumption is instead set to triple by then.
Research by the Rhodium Group shows US greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2018 for the first time in three years, due in large part to demand for jet fuel.