Ryanair has become the first airline to be included in a list of Europe’s top 10 polluters. It is the first time a company that does not run a coal-fired power plant has come near the top of the ranking.
According to data from the EU’s Transport and Environment group, the airline’s carbon dioxide emissions rose by 6.9% in the last year, despite the company saying that it was “Europe’s greenest and cleanest airline”.
Last year, the airline launched a new environmental policy, in which it said it would offer it’s customers the opportunity to offset the carbon cost of their flights. The carrier also said in a statement that they “surpass all of our competitors when it comes to carbon emissions per kilometer per passenger”.
The nine carbon emitters above Ryanair in the standings are all power plants that are powered by coal. These include seven in Germany, one in Poland and one in Bulgaria.