Ryanair has launched a new tool enabling customers to calculate and offset the carbon emissions produced by their flights.

Until now passengers could only opt to contribute €2 towards carbon offset projects, but the new “carbon calculator” now enables customers to fully offset emissions.

Ryanair said that since it had launched its original carbon offset scheme, customers had contributed over €3.5m to environmental projects.

“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,” said Thomas Fowler, the carrier’s director of sustainability.

“The expansion of our Carbon Offset Scheme to enable our customers to fully offset the CO2 of their Ryanair flight will greatly enhance the capabilities of each of our environmental partners who are actively working on carbon offsetting programs.

“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.”

Ryanair recently announced plans to power 12.5 per cent of flights with sustainable aviation fuels by 2030, and it has finally begun taking delivery of its B737 Max 200 aircraft, which burn 16 per cent less fuel per seat than the aircraft they are replacing.

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Guide to airline carbon offset programmes