EasyJet has become the first major airline in the world to operate net-zero carbon flights by offsetting the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all of its flights.
British discount airliner easyJet redefined the airline industry with its affordable airfares to European destinations. Now, it is redefining air travel with its pledge to operate net-zero carbon flights across its entire network.
Starting last week, easJet is offsetting the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all of its flights through schemes accredited by two of the highest verification standards, Gold Standard and VCS. They will include forestry, renewable and community-based projects.
“Climate change is an issue for all of us. At easyJet we are tackling this challenge head on by choosing to offset the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all of our flights,” easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said in a press release.
Lundgren acknowledges that offsetting is only an interim measure until other technologies become available to reduce aviation emissions but emphasizes “we want to take action on carbon now”.
The airline also announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus related to a joint research project on hybrid and electric aircraft in an effort to decarbonize aviation over the long term.
The two companies will cooperate on three distinct work packages set to define the impacts and the requirements necessary for the large-scale introduction of next-generation sustainable aircraft on infrastructure and every-day commercial aircraft operations.
“We hope this will be an important step towards making electric plans a reality,” Lundgren added.
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