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MOL: FR Emissions Claim Was Wrong

Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:38 am

Ryanair has retracted a claim that it had cut emissions of carbon dioxide by half over the past five years. The airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, has admitted that his statement was "an error".

His comments followed an investigation by BBC Newsnight, which demonstrated that the claim could not be true. Ryanair had initially threatened the programme with legal action if it aired the report. Ryanair describes itself as Europe's greenest, cleanest airline. The airline has now conceded its fuel use has increased eight-fold between 1998 and 2006. Experts says this means Ryanair emissions of carbon dioxide will have also risen eight-fold over the same period.

Jeff Gazzard of pressure group Green Skies Alliance [...] said that Ryanair had been "caught out", adding that "this must be the first example of Michael O'Leary admitting he is wrong". But Mr Gazzard also had some praise for the company. "If this is a move to honest reporting of company emissions, then credit to Mr O'Leary for owning up."

Mr O'Leary originally made the claim that Ryanair had cut carbon dioxide emissions by half at a press conference on 10 January 2007. When challenged to provide the figure to back up these claims, Ryanair said it did not have the information.

A BBC enquiry demonstrated that the airline had originally planned to make a different claim, that it had cut carbon dioxide emissions by half, per passenger. The words "per passenger" were subsequently removed by the company.
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RE: MOL: FR Emissions Claim Was Wrong

Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:20 am

MOL never thinks before he talks.

Or maybe that's exactly what he does. Free advertisement is his speciality.

That said, very likely he is indeed running the greenest airline in the world.

He operated exclusively what is probably the most fuel efficient airliner in the world.

He cramps in the absolutely maximum legal number of seats.

He excluded unnecessary weight from his planes such as reclining seats, window shades, EFI systems.

His yield management system guarantees a load factor very close to 100%.

He limits checked baggage to 15 kg - and charges horrible amounts for overweight baggage. That urges pax to minimize their baggage.

Which airline can match that?
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RE: MOL: FR Emissions Claim Was Wrong

Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:46 am

In likelihood, per passenger, I doubt any airline can compete with Ryanair, though by half, I don't know. If he said by half per passenger, i'd believe it, given they just switched over from 737-200s....
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RE: MOL: FR Emissions Claim Was Wrong

Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:39 am

Maybe MOL mean that the carbon dioxide emissions of his current 738s is half of that produced by his earlier 732s? Possibly a case of him not clarifying his statement properly?

Obviously, Ryanair cannot have cut is overall carbon dioxide emissions by half over the last 5 years because Ryanair continues to expand rapidly. More aircraft = more carbon dioxide.
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RE: MOL: FR Emissions Claim Was Wrong

Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:46 am

Im by no means a fan of FR or MOL, but I think what actually meant in the statement was that the 732s were nowhere near as effecient as the 738s are. But considering that FR had a fleet of around 25 732s Vs over a hundres 738s clearly there will be more CO2.

i.e. IF FR had a fleet of 100 732s then the CO2 output WOULD be twice what it is with the fleet of 738s.

Typical treehuggers and eco-warriers spurred by ignorant reporters.

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