easyJet & Airbus Launch Aviation Carbon-Removal Initiative

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easyJet is the first airline worldwide to execute a contract with Airbus for its carbon-removal initiative. Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS), made available through the Airbus Carbon Capture Offer, offers carbon removal credits to help airlines achieve their decarbonization objectives.

DACCS technology filters and removes CO2 emissions from the air directly by utilizing powerful extraction blowers. Once CO2 is extracted from the atmosphere, it is stored permanently and securely in underground reservoirs. CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere during aircraft operations cannot be eliminated directly at the source, but an equivalent quantity can be extracted from the air using DACCS. The technology complements other carbon reduction technologies, such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) utilization.

Thomas Haagensen, Group Markets Director at easyJet, stated, “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.” He added that their ultimate objective is to attain zero carbon emission flight, and the airline is working with multiple partners, including Airbus, to accelerate the development of zero carbon emission aircraft technology.

Julie Kitcher, Executive Vice President of Communications, Sustainability, and Corporate Affairs at Airbus, stated, “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 was one of the first airlines to execute an agreement with Airbus in 2022, committing to negotiate the potential pre-purchase of verifiable and durable carbon removal credits. The duration of easyJet’s credits is from 2026 to 2029. The carbon removal certificates will be issued by 1PointFive, Airbus’s partner. The agreement between Airbus and 1PointFive includes the pre-purchase of 400,000 tonnes of carbon removal credits to be delivered over four years.

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