easyJet has announced that it will become the world’s first major airline to operate net-zero carbon flights across its whole network.
On 19 November, it announced that as its first action, it will now offset carbon emissions from the fuel used for all of its flights. It will use schemes such as forestry, renewable and community-based projects, with easyJet assuring they will be accredited by the highest verification standards, including Gold Standard and VCS. The airline added that it regards carbon offsetting as an interim measure and something that will be reduced as new technologies continue to develop and emerge.
A Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus was also announced in relation to a joint research project on hybrid and electric aircraft. The goal of this will be to grow the industry’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities, both operational and infrastructure-related, that arise from hybrid and electric aircraft.
Commenting, easyJet CEO, John Lundgren, said that aviation must “reinvent itself as quickly as it can”. Lundgren added: “We also need governments to support efforts to decarbonise aviation. In particular they must reform aviation taxes to incentivise efficient behaviour, fund research and development in new technology and ensure that early movers such as easyJet are not penalised.”