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News - 16 February 2007

easyJet joins the 'green aviation club'

easyJet publishes its Corporate and Social Responsibility Report, which includes three “promises” to help balance aviation’s huge social and economic contribution with its impact on climate change.

Andy Harrison, easyJet Chief Executive, said: “It's hard to see how anybody who has read the recent IPCC report and the Stern Review can deny that global warming is a clear and present danger and that this generation has a responsibility to take action now. Most within the aviation industry recognise that aviation pollutes and that we must improve the environmental efficiency of today’s operations and work on tomorrow’s technologies.

“It is time for a proper debate of the sort that has been largely missing of late. Given that aviation CO2 only accounts for 1.6% of global greenhouse gas emissions, grounding every aircraft in the world would have a miniscule impact on climate change yet a vast impact on our economies. So, airlines have a responsibility to do what they can and governments have a responsibility to ensure that their policies incentivise the right behaviour.

“It is for this reason that easyJet has published its Environmental Code, which contains three promises – that easyJet will be efficient in the air, efficient on the ground and will help shape a greener future for the industry."

The publication of easyJet's Corporate and Social Responsibility Report follows recent announcements from Marks & Spencer and Tesco who have also made commitments to "eco-plans". 

Increasingly as customers become more concerned about the impact of climate change they are seeking green alternatives.  It is becoming clear that companies who have already made environmental commitments will have the advantage in this new era.


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