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Easyjet to offset carbon emissions from all its flightsND
Gwyn Topham, The Guardian, Wednesday 20th November 2019
Easyjet announced on Tuesday it would offset carbon emissions from all its flights, becoming the world’s first major airline to operate net-zero carbon flights across its network. The British budget airline said its plan would cost about £25m in the next financial year through schemes to plant trees or avoid the release of additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. “We recognise that offsetting is only an interim measure, but we want to take action on our carbon emissions now,” CEO Johan Lundgren said. “Aviation will have to reinvent himself as quickly as it can.” Pressure has been mounting for some time for the aviation industry to address its environmental impact, and EasyJet’s decision is a big step in maintaining the industry’s social license by one of the industry’s major players. “Customers increasingly expect companies to do something about it and it is fundamentally the right thing to do,” said Mr Lundgren.
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