Claims that Ryanair was the largest carbon dioxide polluter in EU last year, excluding coal-fired power stations

RYANAIR: The airline produced 9,9 megatons of carbon dioxide last year. Photo: Shutterstock

THE LOW-COST airline, Ryanair, was the EU company with the highest carbon dioxide emissions in 2018, aside from coal-fired power stations, according to a study carried out by the environmental organisation Transport & Environment (T&E).

The report, based on information from the European Environmental Agency, showed that Ryanair produced 9.9 megatons of carbon dioxide, making them the highest polluting airline in the European Union.

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The Irish airline is also the only company out of the top ten CO2 emitters that does not contribute to generating energy.

But the low-cost carrier claimed it is “Europe’s greenest and cleanest airline”.

In a statement, the carrier said: “Passengers travelling on Ryanair have the lowest CO2 emissions per kilometre travelled than any other airline”.


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