EasyJet has agreed separate partnerships with Rolls-Royce and Airbus to work together on two sustainability projects designed to reduce carbon emissions from aircraft.
The UK-based airline will collaborate with Rolls-Royce on its H2ZERO project to develop hydrogen combustion engine technology, which could be able to power a range of aircraft, including the narrow-body jets used by easyJet.
This will see EasyJet investing in a testing program for this new type of engine, as well as contributing operational “knowledge and expertise”. An initial concept ground test using hydrogen to power a Rolls-Royce AE2100 engine is due to take place in the UK later this year.
EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said: “The technology emerging from this program has the potential to power easyJet-sized aircraft, which is why we will be investing multi-million pounds in this programme.
“In order to achieve decarbonisation at scale, progress in the development of zero emission technologies for narrow-body aircraft is crucial. Together with Rolls-Royce we look forward to leading the industry in meeting this challenge.”
EasyJet has signed a letter of intent with Airbus to help develop carbon removal solutions.
The airline described Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS) as a “high-potential” technology, which captures CO2 from the atmosphere and then stores it safely underground.
Airbus plans to issue carbon removal certificates through its partner 1PointFive, aiming to remove 100,000 tons of carbon per year over four years.
As part of the agreement with Airbus, easyJet has pledged to begin negotiations on a possible pre-purchase of verified carbon removals between 2025 and 2028.
EasyJet’s Sustainability Director Jane Ashton explained: “We believe that carbon removal solutions will be an essential component of our path to net-zero, complementing other components such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which have a similar net impact on carbon. decrease
“Direct air capture is a new technology with huge potential, so we are very happy to be part of this important initiative and hope that governments will also recognize the potential of this technology and introduce policy instruments and financial incentives to support it.”