SEA (Società Esercizi Aeroportuali), the group that manages Milan Malpensa and Linate, and easyJet signed a Letter of Intent today (July 11, 2022) to work together on a more sustainable way of managing operations at the two airports.
Both companies share the conviction that, to be truly sustainable, air transport must achieve decarbonisation at scale, and that reaching net-zero by 2050 requires a joint effort across the entire value chain, from airports to airlines.
The agreement signed between easyJet and SEA defines the areas in which the two companies will be working together: the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), research into infrastructural requirements for hydrogen propulsion, improvements in waste management and recycling, as well as the use of zero-emission ground service equipment.
The parties will also create a working group that will meet regularly and monitor the progress of the individual actions developed within the framework of the agreement.
Lorenzo Lagorio, Country Manager of easyJet in Italy, said: “Decarbonising aviation is a cross-industry effort, that the whole sector must undertake together.
EasyJet has committed to achieve net-zero by 2050 when joining the United Nations’ Race to Zero campaign last year and also recently announced an interim target to improve its carbon emissions intensity by 35% compared to FY2020, to be achieved by 2035.
“Today’s agreement with SEA demonstrates easyJet’s commitment to continuously look for ways to make its operations ever more sustainable and work closely with all partners involved. Driven by the desire to bring real change to the aviation sector, we can’t wait to start working together on these innovative projects to make the airports of Malpensa and Linate even more efficient and sustainable.”
Armando Brunini, CEO of SEA stated: “SEA has been committed to the environment for a long time, and is well aware that in order to meet the goal of a net-zero air transport by 2050, it is necessary to accelerate and diversify partnerships. This agreement with easyJet, the largest airline in Malpensa, will allow us to tackle emissions in multiple areas of our operations with a focus on the introduction of Sustainable Aviation Fuels.”
Carbon emissions from air travel contribute to climate change. EasyJet addresses this in two ways, by working to minimise carbon emissions today and pursuing zero carbon emission solutions for the future.