The news that EasyJet, European budget carrier has unveiled plans to become the first big airline to operate net-zero carbon flights across its network travelled across the globe faster than any plane would. Starting this Tuesday, offsetting all carbon emission from fuel will cost EasyJet around £25m in the next financial year through schemes to plant trees or avoid the release of additional carbon dioxide. The pledge came as EasyJet reported a 26 per cent fall in pre-tax profit to £427m for the year to the end of September, which was at the upper end of expectations of £420m-£430m.
Carriers all over the world have begun responding to the growing “flight shame” movement. Air France and British Airways last month announced plans to offset all domestic flight emissions from next year. The German airline group Lufthansa has launched a business fare where European flights are automatically offset for corporate customers from 2020. In October, IAG, owner of BA, became the first airline group to commit to net-zero carbon flying by 2050. These commitments take the groups further than the general aviation industry which has set a general target of a 50 per cent cut in emissions from 2005 levels by 2050.
Source: The Guardian