LONDON – easyJet, the European budget airline, says it is the first major carrier to operate net carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on all flights.
The company says Tuesday that it will “invest in projects including planting or protecting trees from deforestation.” 'The cost of the program is estimated at $ 32 million.
The airline described the effort as an “interim measure” and new technologies are being developed, including efforts to develop hybrid and electric aircraft. This measure is part of other initiatives to reduce emissions, for example using a single engine when traveling.
EasyJet says as part of the target to decarbonise aviation, a pre-agreement signed by Airbus to co-research hybrid and electric aircraft.