I received a pleasant email from Easyjet about their resolution to fully offset their CO2 emissions with immediate effect.
This is big news because until now, we've seen airlines sell carbon offsets, but non took such a drastic commitment at such a large scale.
As someone who runs a small scale carbon compensation experiment, while at the same time a semi-skeptic of global warming, I applaud Easyjet for taking responsibility and will definitely book additional flights with them.
We’re the first major airline to offset the carbon emissions from the fuel used for every single flight.
Naturally, we believe that flying is a fantastic thing. But we have to balance this with the effect we know it is having on the environment. So for every flight we operate, we’ll offset the carbon it produces from the fuel used, by investing in projects that include the planting of trees or protection against deforestation. We know that carbon offsetting is only an interim measure while new technologies are developed. However, at the moment we believe it’s the best way to remove carbon from the atmosphere.
But we won’t stop there. We’ll continue to find other ways to reduce carbon emissions such as taxiing on one engine or removing weight from our aircraft, both of which use less fuel. We have championed the development of electric technology and will continue to do so in order to ensure that flying remains a sustainable option for us all in the future.
The CEO on Bloomberg:
EasyJet CEO: We’re Offsetting All Carbon Emission From Today
EVERY EASYJET FLIGHT IS CARBON NEUTRAL STARTING TODAY
https://www.euronews.com/living/2019/11 ... ting-today
Also on Flightglobal:
"EasyJet will compensate for every tonne of carbon dioxide emitted from fuel used for its flights," says the carrier, claiming that it will be the first major operator to have net-zero carbon emissions.
It says the cost of the scheme, along with its work to support new environmentally-friendly technology, will amount to around £25 million for the full year 2019-20.
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... tw-462389/
We're holding a few debates about our energy future in following threads, and some posters have mentionned using carbon compensation instruments rather than innovation, others have expressed skepticism about global warming:
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