easyJet has on-going programme to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency is overseen by the airline’s Fuel Board, which leads the airline’s work to use fuel efficiently. The programme includes:
- The introduction of lightweight Recaro seats that make each aircraft almost 600kg lighter, a 26% seat weight reduction. These seats have been a standard feature of aircraft delivered to easyJet since April 2013 and are now fitted in 37 aircraft.
- ‘Sharklet’ wing tips which make the aircraft more fuel efficient. This technology delivers up to 4% savings in fuel consumption and consequent reductions in CO2 emissions. These have been standard on aircraft delivered to easyJet since August 2013 and have also been retrofitted to 6 existing aircraft, so are now a feature of 38 easyJet aircraft.
- easyJet's pilots have implemented measures to save fuel whilst still operating the aircraft safely and effectively, such as one engine taxiing, delayed engine starts, continuous descent approaches and minimum use of the auxiliary power unit when on the ground.
- easyJet’s cockpits became paperless in May 2014 and its entire fleet is now fitted with Panasonic Toughpads which replaced laptops and printed navigational charts. This has removed 27 kg of paper per aircraft per flight, equating to a reduction of over 1,900 tonnes of CO2 emissions for easyJet as a whole per year.
- The airline’s enhanced maintenance programme washes the engine's compressors routinely to ensure they operate as efficiently as possible.
Although some of these measures reduce CO2 emissions per flight by relatively small amounts, easyJet‘s large number of flights per day means the total savings are significant.