Irish airline Ryanair has announced the launch of its new green carbon calculator that will allow customers to offset their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions released by their Ryanair flight.

To offset the cost of the carbon emissions released per passenger, the total emissions will be calculated and then the customers will contribute to environmental initiatives by paying the full carbon cost of the flight.

Several environmental initiatives have been selected for customers to contribute their carbon offset costs towards, including Renature Monchique – an Algarve-based reforestation project; a Ugandan energy-efficient cookstove distribution project by First Climate; the Turkish Wind Power Plant Project named by Balikesir and Improved Kitchen Regimes in Malawi powered by CO2 Balance.

These projects are all part of Ryanair’s current carbon offset programme, to which customers have contributed over €3.5m to date.

Thomas Fowler, Director of Sustainability, Ryanair, spoke about the new development, saying, “Hundreds of thousands of Ryanair customers every year are already choosing to contribute and support the environment by selecting carbon contribution at their time of booking.”

“Sustainability and environmental impact are considered in every business decision made in Ryanair and we are truly dedicated to being a net carbon neutral airline by 2050.”

Already producing the least CO2 per passenger/km of any major EU airline, Ryanair aim for 12.5% of its flights to be powered with sustainable aviation fuels by 2030.

CO2 and noise emissions are both to be significantly reduced over the next ten years with the $22bn investment in the new Boeing 737 8-200 ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft, ultimately contributing to Ryanair’s aim to be carbon neutral by 2050.