This is great news on many fronts. It is an example of the Greta effect I'm sure, which has created an up-swell of interest, and indeed some guilt, from those of us privileged to be able to travel this wonderful world. Where one major player goes, others tend to follow (though I doubt Ryanair!!). Let's hope we see that happening.
Importantly the CEO recognises and states that Carbon Offset is not a full or long-term solution. Easyjet have already made commitments and investments towards short-haul electrified flight, and I fully expect to be taking regional passenger flights on electric planes in my Lifetime. I turn 50 tomorrow.
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EasyJet is set to become the world’s first major airline to operate net-zero carbon flights across its entire network, after announcing it would offset all jet fuel emissions. The British budget airline said it would start offsetting all flights from Tuesday, which it said would cost about £25m in the next financial year through schemes to plant trees or avoid the release of additional carbon dioxide. Johan Lundgren, the airline’s chief executive, said longer-term solutions were also needed. “We recognise that offsetting is only an interim measure, but we want to take action on our carbon emissions now,” he said. “Aviation will have to reinvent itself as quickly as it can.”