Sustainability

Facing climate change

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a reality in the airline industry, but hot air doesn't have to be. We are actively reducing our GHG emissions through new engine technology, flying techniques, and are aware that biofuels will be an important part of even more reductions in the future.

GHG emissions are raising the average temperature of the earth. Any time 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 our lives—from the places we love to visit to global agriculture and farming.

Air travel is one of many human activities that emits GHGs. However, air travel actually accounts for only a minor percentage of total global GHG emissions—and there are ways to offset our impact.

How we're making a difference

Reporting:
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)opens in a new window targets for GHG emission reductions. View emissions reportsopens in a new window.

Reducing:

We are part of the industry pledge to:

  • improve fuel efficiency 1.5% per year from 2009 to 2020
  • target a cap on net aviation CO2 emissions from 2020 (carbon-neutral growth);
  • and reduce net aviation CO2 emissions of 50% by 2050, relative to 2005 levels.

Investing:

  • Our emissions intensity has dropped steadily since 2009 as our operations have become increasingly efficient.
    View sustainability reportsopens in a new window
  • We have added Sharklets – curved extensions to the wing that provide greater aerodynamic lift and improve fuel efficiency by roughly 3 percent. For more information on how our young, efficient fleet and required navigation performance (RNP) help save fuel and reduce emissions–review our environmental, social and business responsibilityopens a PDF.
  • We were the only airline to sign the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, and as a part of that researched and developed our renewable jet fuel commitment.

Renewable jet fuel

Renewable jet fuel is an important element for reducing aviation's impact on the global climate. Renewable jet fuel refers to jet fuel that can be produced from biological resources and can be replenished naturally and quickly (thus 'renewable'). When compared to traditional petroleum-based Jet-A, it significantly reduces emissions and environmental impact. Renewable jet fuel is chemically equivalent to conventional Jet-A and has no impact on performance or safety.

JetBlue is partnering with SG Preston, a bioenergy company, to purchase renewable jet fuel made out of biomass that does not compete with food supply. Each year for ten years, we will be purchasing 33 million gallons of blended renewable jet fuel (made of 30% renewable and 70% traditional fuel).With SG Preston, we're creating a fuel supply that has the ability to benefit our bottom line and lower CO2 emissions by up to 50% per gallon before it is blended.

Read our Renewable jet fuel press releaseopens in a new window for more information.

Offsetting C02? We're on it + Facing climate change

We are working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our daily operation, but we aren't able to completely eliminate them—with the current technology available, no airline can. In the meantime, we're making use of carbon offsets.

Carbonfund.org

Carbonfund.org

Since 2008, we have been working with Carbonfund.org, allowing customers to offset part of the carbon footprint of their flights by making a donation to support carbon reduction projects. Customers can purchase carbon offsets for their flight hereopens a new page.

Reducing what we can, offsetting what we can't

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Since partnering with Carbonfund.org in 2008, JetBlue has offset more than 1.5 billion pounds of CO2e. Through Carbonfund.org, JetBlue has helped fund a total of seven renewable energy and carbon-reduction projects in and around our BlueCities. We currently help fund a landfill gas destruction project outside of Salt Lake City, Utah and have supported other similar projects in the past.

JetBlue is rooted in sustainability. In 2013, we participated in a tree planting initiative with Carbonfund.org after a tragic fire burned through Angeles National forest located in Arcadia, CA. In order to restore the area and mitigate emissions from flights, JetBlue sponsored the planting of 25,000 trees by the US Forest Service. The planting was completed in August 2015. The total planting area encompasses 160 acres and will be rejuvenated with big cone Douglas-fir and gray pine. The replanting restores an important watershed area in danger from erosion after the fire and helps maintain pre-fire levels of native biodiversity. For more on how we reduce and report emissions, visit our Responsibility Report.

For more on how we reduce and report emissions, visit our Responsibility Reportopens a PDF.

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