Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a reality in the airline industry, but hot air doesn't have to be. JetBlue believes in communicating transparently about climate change in order to educate our customers and crewmembers. We are in this together – JetBlue is committed to taking steps to address the emission of GHGs from our flights, and we hope to empower and inspire our customers and crewmembers to offset GHG emissions when they fly.
Just the facts, ma'am
- Almost all climate scientists agree that GHG emissions are raising the average temperature of the earth. Anytime a fossil fuel is burned, GHGs such as carbon dioxide (CO2) are released. These gases trap heat in the atmosphere, altering the climate in ways that can impact almost every aspect of the way we live – from the beautiful places we love to visit to the global agriculture and farming.
- Air travel is one of many human activities that emit GHGs. But, contrary to popular belief, air travel actually accounts for only a minority percentage of total global GHG emissions – and there are ways to offset that minority percentage.
- CO2 is not the only climate culprit in our industry. Plane engines emit nitrogen oxides (NOx), which can alter the climate by changing atmospheric ozone concentration. They also produce contrails of condensed water, which can have localized climate impacts.
- Airlines are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Storms and severe weather are projected to become increasingly common, and such episodes can disrupt our flight schedules and threaten our physical infrastructure.
How we're making a difference
Our GHG emissions from every year of JetBlue's existence are publicly reported, and we have committed to meeting the International Air Transport Association (IATA) targets for GHG emission reductions.
We are part of the industry pledge to cut carbon emissions 50 percent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. To play our part in reaching that goal, we're always looking for ways to become more fuel efficient and embrace efficient technologies. For example, JetBlue planes feature Airbus' Sharklets, which improve aerodynamics and cut fuel burn and emissions.