Airlines are slowly trying to do their part to reduce emissions by purchasing more fuel-efficient aircraft and even reducing the weight of their current planes. EasyJet is taking another approach that should please anyone who worries about their carbon footprint. The airline just announced that it would offset all carbon emissions from fuel used on its flights.
While easyJet fully recognizes that longer term solutions are needed, it wants to take action now. At the same time, the airline will still support more environmentally-friendly options such as sustainable fuels, hybrid or fully electric planes.
EasyJet is the second biggest low-cost carrier in Europe and is the first major airline in the world to operate carbon-neutral flights voluntarily. EasyJet on Tuesday already started offsetting the carbon footprint of all flights. That said, Air France and British Airways have pledged to offset carbon emissions on domestic flights starting next year. Lufthansa Group will offset carbon emissions on all European flights sold as Corporate Value Fares.
Other airlines offer customers the chance to fly carbon neutral during the booking process. Generally, travelers will pay to neutralize a portion of the emissions that will be emitted during the flight. The benefit of the new easyJet plan is that it won't cost customers any more money. The airline will spend around $32 million next year to compensate for every ton of carbon dioxide it emits during its flights.
While some claim that offsetting carbon emissions is not a permanent solution, easyJet wants to do something and is trying to reduce emissions at the same time. In 2013, the airline publicly vowed to reduce its carbon emissions per passenger and is constantly looking at how its fleet can become more efficient.