JetBlue says to go carbon neutral by July 2020

JetBlue has announced plans to go carbon neutral for all US flights this summer

The no-frills US air carrier JetBlue will go carbon neutral for all domestic flights starting the summer of this year, the company announced Monday.

The company said this makes it the first major US airline to do so in a bid to reduce its contributions to .

The company also said it would begin using “sustainable aviation fuel” on flights from San Francisco later this year.

“We reduce where we can and offset where we can’t,” JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said in the statement.

“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.”

Commercial aviation reportedly accounts for about two percent of all  worldwide. The industry in 2009 pledged to cut emissions in half by 2050, but according to the International Civil Aviation Organization,  is instead set to triple by then.

Research by the Rhodium Group shows that in the United States,  rose in 2018 for the first time in three years, due in large part to demand for jet fuel.

JetBlue says it is relying on an existing partnership with, as well as the companies EcoAct and South Pole to reach its new goal.

Carbon offsets can mitigate emissions by effectively canceling out other emissions elsewhere.

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