EasyJet has announced that, effective immediately, it will be offsetting all carbon emissions across its entire network. As the first major carrier to make this commitment, they have pledged to compensate for every tonne of carbon dioxide emitted from fuel used for flights through globally recognised and accredited offsetting programmes.
EasyJet admit this isn’t a long-term fix and are continuing to look at environmentally friendly technologies and alternatives. This move is surprising from the budget airline and is set to cost them around £25 million for the full year of 2019-2020. They are keen to reiterate that this is not a gimmick, but a commitment to reducing their environmental impact.
"We recognise that offsetting is only an interim measure, but we want to take action on our carbon emissions now," says chief executive Johan Lundgren.
Travel is a big part of many peoples’ lives from leisure to business and this does carry with it a carbon footprint. It is exciting to see a major carrier making this pledge and committing to offsetting their carbon emissions, taking immediate action.
It is yet to be seen how this ripple in the industry will impact other travel providers and whether their competitors will get onboard with making change.