Norwegian has partnered with climate company CHOOOSE to make it easy for customers to offset their carbon footprint when buying a ticket with the airline. The initiative has been welcomed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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Aviation brings people, cultures and economies together. Norwegian acknowledges its responsibilities as a significant market player and has taken direct action to reduce emissions per passenger and make aviation more environmentally friendly.
The single most important thing an airline can do in order to reduce emissions, is to invest in new aircraft. Since 2009, Norwegian has reduced its emissions per passenger kilometre by 33 percent.
We are also proud to be one of the most environmentally friendly airlines in the world and since 2008 we have reduced CO2 emissions per passenger kilometer by 30 percent. Norwegian's fleet renewal strategy has also led us to become an industry leader in terms of fuel-efficiency. In 2018, Norwegian was named the world’s most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) for the second time. But this isn't enough.
The same way we strive to be best on price, in the years to come, we will strive to be the airline with the lowest CO2 emissions. We still believe in a world where people can get together. We still believe that people want to fly. But at the same time, we have a big responsibility. For us, for our passengers and for the climate. That's what we call smart flying.
World's most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes
In September 2018 The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) named Norwegian the world's most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes.
The ICCT have analysed the fuel efficiency of the 20 leading airlines on routes between the U.S. to Europe in 2017. Following rigorous scientific assessments, Norwegian once again rose to the top as the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes for a second time in history, also receiving this honor in 2015 when the ICCT released its first study. Following rigorous scientific assessments, Norwegian once again rose to the top as the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes for a second time in history, also receiving this honour in 2015 when the ICCT released its first study.
Other environmental measures taken by Norwegian
As opposed to traditional network carriers, Norwegian bypasses the big “hubs” and offers more direct flights. The result is a significant reduction of fuel-intensive take-offs and landings. Continuous Descent Approaches, or so-called “green approaches”, are designed to reduce overall emissions during the final stages of the flight.
Norwegian has partnered with AVTECH Sweden AB allowing Norwegian’s pilots to receive accurate wind and temperature information to explore the possibility of reducing fuel consumption and thereby reducing Norwegian's environmental footprint. Norwegian's pilots will gain access to the highest quality weather data available. When this data is fed into the aircraft’s Flight Management Computer, the aircraft’s flightpath can be adjusted and optimized. The goal is to deliver better fuel and time estimates as well as fuel efficient descents with less speed deviations.
Aviation is associated with noise challenges. Norwegian’s new fleet of aircraft plays an important part in the efforts to reduce negative impact on the local environment, as the new aircraft are considerably quieter than their older counterparts. All of Norwegian’s aircraft meet The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Chapter 4 requirements and 100 per cent meet Chapter 14 requirements.
Norwegian’s aircraft feature the most modern interiors. Several factors, such as slim and light seats, reduce weight and emissions.
All of Norwegian’s 737-800s and 737 MAX have winglets, an extension of each wingtip. Winglets reduce drag, which in turn reduces fuel consumption by approximately two percent per aircraft.
At Norwegian, we have a special engine and aircraft wash that decreases fuel consumption, reducing carbon emissions by approximately 16 000 tons per year.