Feb 5, 2020

Ryanair rapped over low emissions claims

Europe's biggest airline by passenger numbers had billed itself as the region's "Lowest emissions airline" and a "Low C02 emissions airline". In adverts last year, the Dublin-based operator claimed to have "The lowest carbon emissions of any major airline" and to be a "Low fares, low CO2 emissions" carrier "Based on the top 27 European airlines". Ryanair said its claims were supported using data from the European aviation organisation Eurocontrol and airline efficiency rankings published by Brighter Plant, a provider of carbon and energy calculations. "Consequently, we concluded that the claims 'Europe's Lowest Emissions Airline' and 'low CO2 emissions' were misleading," the regulator said. Ryanair said it would comply with the ruling, but in a statement underlined its claim that emissions per passenger are 25% lower "Than other major airlines".

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