Approximately 2 percent of man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions stem from aviation. By comparison, the industry contributes an estimated 8 percent to the global economy which is about the same as the GDP of Switzerland. Within the transport sector, road traffic accounts for approximately 75 percent of emissions, whereas 12 percent are attributable to aviation. Though its share of emissions is small, the entire aviation industry is working hard to reduce its environmental footprint.
Norwegian is actively engaged in and supports the quest for environmental sustainability and the continued effort to reduce emissions from aviation. To that end, the Group is replacing less efficient Boeing 737-300 aircraft with state-of-the-art, efficient Boeing 737-800s, featuring newer technology, better aerodynamics and lower overall weight. By renewing the fleet, the Group will cut both emissions and costs, while passengers will benefit from new and more comfortable aircraft. New technology reduces the flying distance between any two given airports, and enables pilots to make more optimal and even safer approaches.
Norwegian has a clear and achievable goal of reducing emissions per flown passenger by 30 percent in the period 2008 – 2015. By 2020 the Norwegian Government aims to have achieved a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with 1990 levels. Compared with average emissions per passenger in 1990, the reduction per Norwegian passenger will exceed 30 percent by substantial margin, and well before 2020.