JetBlue Announces Plans to Become First US Airline to be Carbon Neutral on Domestic Flights

Council member JetBlue plans to become the first major U.S. airline to go carbon-neutral on all domestic flights beginning in July 2020

The company’s path to carbon neutrality entails taking steps to reduce overall emissions and investing in carbon offsets, or environmental projects that reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The move comes as air travel—which releases carbon dioxide from millions of flights each year—has become a target of criticism for its role in intensifying climate change. The initiative is projected to increase JetBlue’s annual total of offset emissions from an already industry-leading 2 billion pounds of carbon to between 15 and 17 billion pounds.

“Air travel connects people and cultures, and supports a global economy, yet we must act to limit this critical industry’s contributions to climate change,” chief executive Robin Hayes said in a statement. “We reduce where we can and offset where we can’t. 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.”

The Council congratulates JetBlue on cementing its status as an industry leader in mitigating climate change and showing an important commitment to sustainability. Read more in the Washington Post.

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