Norwegian is committed to actively engage in and support a sustainable environmental policy, and to continue reducing emissions from aviation. The single most important action an airline can take to reduce its environmental footprint is to invest in new aircraft, consequently reducing emissions considerably.
One of the greenest fleets in the world
In 2016, Norwegian took delivery of 17 Boeing 737-800s and four Boeing 787-9s. It also phased out seven Boeing 737-800s. The continued fleet renewal in 2016 contributed to further reduction in emissions per passenger. The Group as a whole consumed 1.2 million tons of Jet A-1 fuel, equivalent to 73.8 grams of CO2 per passenger per kilometer, a reduction of 2.4 per cent from the previous year. The 116 aircraft in Norwegian’s fleet have an average age of 3.6 years (as of January 1, 2017), making it one of the greenest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the world. Norwegian uses the technologically advanced 787 Dreamliner on its intercontinental routes. The aircraft uses less than 80 per cent fuel compared to its counterparts. With a pending order of 30 Dreamliners to be delivered in the coming years, Norwegian will continue to be one of the most environmentally friendly airlines in the world. To be able to reduce emissions and make our fleet even greener, we are working on a number of initiatives.
Our key emission reducing activities are:
● "Plant for the Planet"
In collaboration with the Global Climate Institute, Norwegian will plant 7000 trees in the UK and Spain – one for every person working at the company. Later in 2017, the airline will plant tens of thousands of trees in other parts of the world.
● Supporting the switch to biofuel
Norwegian encourages the development of biofuel and is fully committed to replacing traditional jet-fuel with a greener alternative when it becomes commercially available and sustainable. In 2016, Norwegian used the available amounts of biofuel on all of its flights departing from Oslo Airport. The Group used a total of 1.5 million liters of Air BP in 2016.
● Noise reduction
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.
● Lighter materials
Norwegian’s aircraft feature the most modern interiors. Several factors, such as slim and light seats, reduce weight and emissions.
● Winglets reduce drag
All of Norwegian’s 737-800s have winglets, a tailfin-like extension of each wingtip. Winglets reduce drag, which in turn reduces fuel consumption by approximately two percent per aircraft.
● A special wash that reduces fuel consumption
At Norwegian, we have a special engine and aircraft wash that decreases fuel consumption, reducing carbon emissions by approximately 16 000 tons per year.
● Fewer take offs and landings
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. “Green” approaches for the descent Continuous Descent Approaches designed to reduce overall emissions during the final stages of the flight: