European consumer groups hit out at airlines for ‘greenwashing’

A collection of European consumer groups have launched an EU-wide complaint against 17 airlines for so-called “greenwashing”

Jun 27, 2023

European consumer organisation BEUC, along with 23 of its member organisations across 19 countries, are taking action against airlines, including Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Ryanair, SAS, Vueling and Wizz Air, for making “misleading climate-related claims”.

Key takeaways

  • BEUC said its legal analysis showed that claims about sustainable air travel being made by airlines breached EU rules “tackling unfair commercial practices”;
  • BEUC cites several examples of “misleading” practices by airlines, including their claims about offsetting, neutralising or compensating the CO2 emissions from flights, which the organisation called “factually incorrect”;
  • BEUC also takes aim at the airlines over their claims concerning the development of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

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