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JetBlue to Be First Carbon Neutral Airline in U.S.

Posted by on January 11, 2020 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments

JetBlue could soon become the first carbon neutral airline in the U.S. Tomás Del Coro / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

By Jordan Davidson | EcoWatch

Discount airline, JetBlue, plans to be the nation's first airline to be carbon neutral when it begins in July to purchase carbon offsets for all of its flights, according to CBS News.

“Air travel connects people and cultures, and supports a global economy, yet we must act to limit this critical industry's contributions to climate change,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue's CEO in a press release. “We reduce where we can and offset where we can't. By offsetting all of our domestic flying, we're preparing our business for the lower-carbon economy that aviation – and all sectors – must plan for.”

JetBlue also announced that starting in July all of its flights departing from San Francisco International Airport will run on “sustainable” fuel.

The sustainable fuel it will purchase is made by Neste. Called MY Renewable Jet Fuel, the fuel is made 100 percent from waste and residue raw materials. It's fully compatible with existing jet engine technology. The JetBlue press release says that throughout its lifecycle, the “sustainable” fuel has a carbon footprint that is up to 80 percent smaller that fossil jet fuel.

JetBlue will invest in carbon offsets, by donating money to environmental projects including forest conservation; capturing and reusing methane gas emitted from landfills; and developing solar and wind farms in areas that would otherwise rely on fossil fuels for energy, as CBS News reported.

While the company did not disclose the cost, it did say buying carbon offsets would not force the airline to raise prices.

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