Our sustainability journey

We know that holidays are amazing. We also know they need to be more sustainable, so we can keep enjoying trips for the long term. 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 an even more responsible business.

Since launching our sustainability strategy, we have delivered tangible results against our 2021-2023 targets, reducing our carbon intensity to 65.7 gCO2 per revenue paying kilometre (gCO2/RPK) in calendar 2023. We have also received five of our order of up to 146 new Airbus A320/A321neo aircraft and installed 32 sets of split scimitar winglets on our aircraft, which reduce fuel burn by around 1.8% per flight.

We have also made progress with our Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) commitment. We recently announced our purchase of over 200 tonnes of SAF for use at Malaga Airport, and just under 1,000 tonnes for use at Bristol and London Stansted. This makes up 1% of our 2024 fuel mix at these airports, one year before the introduction of government mandates. This is in addition to our investment in a UK SAF facility, which, when operational in 2028, will provide us with over 200 million litres of SAF over 15 years.

Our decarbonisation efforts over the past few years have set us apart as an industry leader. According to the CAPA-Envest Global Airline Sustainability Benchmarking and Rating Report 2023, Jet2.com is one of the top 10 airlines globally for sustainability performance and ranked 4th out of 100 airlines for carbon intensity (gCO2/RPK).

As well as our focus on emissions, in December 2023, we launched the Jet2holidays Certified Sustainable Hotels collection and Sustainable Hotels Charter, with over 950 hotels already included in this new collection.

Following our success throughout 2021-2023, we have launched the next phase of our sustainability strategy, outlining our plans for the next ten years to help us reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Our sustainability strategy continues to follow our customer journey, with stretching but pragmatic targets On the Ground, In the Air and In Resort. Our new strategy also presents the Jet2 Social Value framework, which outlines our focus areas to continue to support our colleagues and communities where we operate, adding positive value through the opportunities we create.

OUR TARGETS 

ON THE GROUND  

Net zero buildings

We will reduce the energy use intensity of our buildings, introduce on-site renewables, and decrease the embodied carbon of new build and retrofitted properties, to achieve net zero emissions at properties where we have operational control by 2035.

Reducing emissions from ground operations

Over 50% of Jet2.com-owned Ground Service Equipment is now fully electric. As well as continuing to transition to electric alternatives as older equipment reaches its end of life, we will reduce emissions from our ground operations (diesel consumption) by at least 99% by 2035.

IN THE AIR

Climate transition plan

99% of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions are from jet fuel consumption. Our new climate transition plan commits us to setting a new carbon intensity reduction target of 43.55gCO2/RPK by 2035, which is a 35% reduction compared to our 2019 baseline. We will also seek ratification of this reduction target by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) and will complete our first CDP Climate Change Questionnaire response in 2024, with the aim of achieving an A rating within two years.

Decarbonising our fleet

Our carbon intensity target of 43.55gCO2/RPK will be achieved by continuing to decarbonise our fleet. This includes receiving more aircraft from our order of up to 146 Airbus A320/A321neos, increasing fuel efficiency by reducing weight on board, encouraging efficient flying behaviours and investing in technology and systems-based fuel reduction. We will also continue to work with governments and air traffic service bodies to make sure the modernisation of airspace is realised, which we expect will reduce overall fuel usage by 8%.

Increasing use of SAF

We expect, at minimum, to use 15% SAF as a proportion of our total fuel mix by 2035, which reduces carbon intensity of fuel by 80% on average compared to conventional jet fuel. We’re already using 1% SAF in the fuel mix at Malaga, Bristol and London Stansted airports, one year before the introduction of government mandates. Our investment in the Fulcrum Northpoint facility in the UK, which will see us receive over 200 million litres of SAF over 15 years, will also help us achieve our SAF use target.

IN RESORT

Following the launch of the Jet2holidays Certified Sustainable Hotels collection – a collection of hotels that meet globally recognised standards for hotel sustainability – we will continue to increase the number of hotels in this collection, working with our hotel and destination partners to achieve their own sustainability goals.

SOCIAL VALUE

The key to our long-term success is people, including our diverse and talented workforce and having well-supported communities where we operate. Through our social value framework, we’ll continue to support our colleagues and local communities by adding positive value through the opportunities we create. By 2025, we’ll establish our baseline and begin to set targets and objectives in this area.

OUR COLLEAGUES

We’re committed to retaining and attracting the very best talent. From our training and development programmes to our wellbeing activities, we strive to make Jet2 one of the best places to work. We also believe every role at Jet2 is a sustainability role – you can hear it from our colleagues by reading about their experiences in our new strategy.

WHERE WE OPERATE

From our big investments in SAF and more efficient aircraft to working with emerging talent and charitable organisations, we team up with lots of important partners to achieve our sustainability goals. For example, we provided almost £650,000 of apprenticeship funding to support independent travel agent partners in developing the next generation of talent in their stores.

CURRENT YEAR PERFORMANCE

Disclose Scope 1, Scope 2 and, Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions  

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (“SECR”) metrics 

We monitor our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in line with both the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) requirements and as part of our disclosure in accordance with the TCFD recommendations. We use gCO2 per revenue paying passenger kilometre (gC02/RPK) to measure our carbon intensity, which is the most widely used metric for the aviation sector. 

In the year ended 31 March 2024, total Scope 1 and 2 carbon equivalent emissions (tCO2e) were 2,877,605 tonnes (2023: 2,645,600 tonnes) with 99.8% arising from our aircraft operations (jet fuel burn). The remaining emission sources were ground handling activities, together with our vehicle fleet, office heating, training, and engineering facilities. 

In addition to reporting Scope 3 upstream emissions from aviation fuel, and business travel, corporate flights, and train journeys in accordance with our last report, this year we have expended our Scope 3 emission reporting: Please see our annual report sustainability section for further information.