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.
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. View emissions reports.
We are part of the industry pledge to:
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 release for more information.
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 here.
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 Report.