Sustainability

As one of the UK’s leading leisure travel providers taking millions of customers away on their well-deserved holidays, Jet2 plc is taking firm action to reduce our environmental impact, now and in the future, and be a more responsible business. Our primary focus continues to be reducing CO2 emissions which in many cases also helps address the less well-understood impacts of non-CO2 emissions. Our Jet2 Journey to Net Zero sustainability strategy has set stretching but pragmatic targets: On the Ground, In the Air and In Resort, embedding sustainability across the Jet2 customer journey.   

PROGRESS AGAINST OUR TARGETS 

ON THE GROUND  

Powering our offices with renewable energy

To ensure the efficient consumption of energy and a reduction in our emissions, we have implemented policies to ensure that energy use is managed appropriately across all our UK offices. The Group purchases only renewable REGO-backed electricity in all buildings that we own or where we are responsible for utility charges. 

Offsetting our Ground handling emissions

Jet2.com now manages ground handling at seven of its ten UK bases and has invested heavily in improving the impact of its ground service equipment (“GSE”). We believe one of the most effective ways to reduce our GSE CO2 emissions is to move from combustion engine to electric (either fully electric or hybrid) powered alternatives. Consequently, by the end of 2023, 50% of our ground handling equipment was either fully electric or hybrid. 

IN THE AIR

Voluntarily offsetting our airline emissions not covered by carbon pricing mechanisms

Carbon offsetting is a mechanism established in response to the Paris Agreement to compensate for unavoidable CO2 emissions by investing in projects that reduce, avoid or remove carbon from the atmosphere. Jet2 purchases only Gold Standard or Verified Carbon Standard credits in order to offset all direct (Scope 1) emissions from our business activities not included in the ETS and CORSIA schemes. This includes covering airline free allowances, office energy use and emissions from ground service equipment. We are pleased to be able to say that we pay for every tonne of carbon we emit, and our customers are safe in the knowledge that we have their carbon covered!   

Aircraft CO2 emissions

Our aircraft CO2 emissions per passenger kilometre for the year reduced 20% to 65.9gCO2 (2022: 82.0gCO2 per passenger km). Against 2020, this represents a 1.6% reduction against our pre-pandemic metric of 67.0gCO2 per passenger km, putting the business in a strong position to achieve our target of 65.0gCO2 per passenger kilometre by 2025.   

Furthermore, we expect our fuel efficiency to increase as our order of new Airbus A321/A320neos progressively enter into operational service and certain older, less efficient aircraft are retired.   

Investing in Sustainable Aviation Fuel

During April 2023, Jet2 plc made an investment into a new Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production plant to be constructed in the North West of England – one of the first such deals in UK aviation. SAF is a low emission, drop-in fuel which reduces emissions by approximately 70% compared to conventional jet fuel over its lifecycle.  

The Group originally expected the production facility to supply SAF starting in 2026; however, the timeline has since been updated, with a revised estimate of 2027. In the meantime, the Group is currently engaging with other producers to uplift UK produced SAF during 2025, which would ensure our initial target is achieved.  

Reducing our single use plastics

During 2023 we used 21 million single-use products onboard our aircraft, including cups, cutlery, stirrers, drink lids and plastic bags. We have worked to ensure that 80% of these products are crafted from sustainable materials, moving away from single-use plastics to alternatives such as wood and recycled plastic.

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Improved onboard aircraft recycling measuring system

We are engaging with our UK airport partners and waste handling contractors to measure all aircraft cabin waste and establish a baseline. This has been particularly challenging post-Brexit due to changes in waste categorisation. Aircraft catering waste arising from non-UK flights (e.g. sandwich wrappers and coffee cups) is classed as Category 1 International Catering Waste (“ICW”) and cannot be recycled as per current regulations. However, we are working closely with our suppliers to establish ways of safely segregating recyclable cabin waste from ICW and to set a realistic but ambitious recycling target.   

IN RESORT

Hotel Sustainability Labelling Scheme

We recently introduced our Certified Sustainable Hotels collection to give our customers the option to choose accommodation that meets an official global standard for sustainability as part of their Jet2holidays package with us. These hotels have been assessed by an independent organisation, whose standards are either recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) or the organisation itself has been accredited by the GSTC. The standards encompass various aspects of hotel operations, including management practices, impact on local communities, support for local heritage, and initiatives aimed at minimizing environmental effects. In addition, we are teaming up with Green Key, one of these independent organisations, to help more of our hotel partners meet a standard for hotel sustainability and join our collection. 

Hotel Sustainability Charter

Jet2holidays is currently engaging with the GSTC and hotel partners regarding a recognised sustainability certification scheme and more details will be published on this during the remainder of 2023. 

CURRENT YEAR PERFORMANCE 

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting metrics 

We monitor our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in line with the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) requirements and we use gCO2 per passenger kilometre to measure our carbon intensity – this is the most widely used metric for the aviation sector.  

In the year ended 31 March 2023, total Scope 1 and 2 carbon equivalent emissions (tCO2e) were 2,645,599 tonnes (2022: 983,196 tonnes) with over 99% arising from our aircraft operations. The remaining emission sources were ground handling activities, together with our business travel, offices, training and engineering facilities. In addition to reporting Scope 3 upstream emissions from aviation fuel, this year our Scope 3 emissions calculations have been expanded to include business travel, corporate flights and train journeys. Although expanding the breadth of our GHG reporting, these new Scope 3 additions account for less than 0.2% of total reported Scope 3 emissions.   

The table below sets out total energy consumption and resulting GHG emissions by Scope arising from business operations.  

Summary GHG Emission Results

2023 2022
Scope tCO2e kWh tCO2e kWh
Scope 1

2,644,164

10,674,111,54 982,032  3,963,923,295 
Scope 2 1,436   7,424,171  1,164  5,480,816 
Scope 3 549,817  8,561,731  204,465  2,505,704 
Total 3,195,417  10,690,097,444 1,187,661 3,971,909,815
Intensity Ratios
gCO2per passenger km aircraft fuel burn only 65.9 82.0
gCO2per passenger km including all relevant scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions 80.5 99.4

† Metric uses EU ETS emissions factors and includes aircraft fuel burn only (please see methodology)

‡ Emissions included are explained in the methodology section.

GHG emissions are categorised into three Scopes as defined below:

  • Scope 1 - Direct emissions resulting from the primary combustion of fuels in organisation-controlled premises, vehicles and plant.
  • Scope 2 - Indirect emissions resulting from the consumption of purchased electricity that has been generated off-site and supplied by the national grid.
  • Scope 3 - Indirect emissions associated with the consequences of the activities of the organisation but controlled by an entity outside of the Group. Scope 3 tCO2e metrics for 2022 have not been restated for the additional items noted above which are included in the current year, as they only represent 0.2% of total reported Scope 3 emissions.