Saturday 21 April 2018

Ryanair launches new environmental policy

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Ryanair has launched a new environmental policy.

According to a statement from the airline today, Ryanair will continue to comply with environmental rules and regulations, limit the impact of aircraft noise on the local environment through its investment in new Boeing 737 airplanes, and minimise fuel and energy consumption to limit its emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants.

In addition, the airline said it would work to remove all non-recyclable plastics from its operations over the next five years, as well as offer its customers the opportunity to offset the carbon cost of their flights.

"We are pleased to launch our Environmental Policy, which cements our commitment to continuously improving the carbon efficiency of our operations,” Peter Bellew, chief operations officer at Ryanair, said today.

"By minimising fuel and energy consumption, reducing noise pollution and relentlessly supporting global emissions targets, we will play our part in addressing climate change," Mr Bellew continued.

Ironically, the airline’s chief executive Michael O'Leary has in the past dismissed climate change concerns as "complete and utter rubbish".

Speaking to RTÉ Radio One's Countrywide programme last April, Mr O'Leary said at the time that he believed that people's fears about global warming are unfounded.

He dismissed climate change as "complete and utter rubbish".

"This kind of nonsense that we all need to cut back on beef production or that we all need to eat vegetables or go vegan and all start cycling bicycles is not the way forward. I think it’s complete and utter rubbish," he said last April.

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