Nov 19, 2019

EasyJet plans to offset carbon emissions from all its flights

EasyJet has unveiled plans to become the first big airline to operate net-zero carbon flights across its network, as the industry comes under increasing pressure from climate change activists to reduce emissions. The European budget carrier said it would offset all carbon emissions from fuel used on its flights from Tuesday, a measure that will cost it around £25m in the next financial year. 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. "We recognise that offsetting is only an interim measure, but we want to take action on our carbon emissions now," said chief executive Johan Lundgren. Air France and British Airways last month announced plans to offset all domestic flight emissions from next year. Companies offset emissions by investing in environmental projects, such as growing more trees, to balance their carbon footprints, but some have criticised these schemes as a get-out option.

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