easyJet Set To Offset 100% Of Carbon Emissions

easyJet is planning to become the first major carrier to completely offset all of its carbon emissions. The British airline claims that the plan will be in motion immediately.

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easyJet is taking a greater stance on its carbon footprint. Photo: Airbus

The pressure is on

The Guardian reports that the budget carrier’s carbon offset programs will cost around £25 million pounds a year. These include schemes to plant trees, along with avoiding the release of additional carbon dioxide.

easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren spoke about his company’s decision, explaining that there is an increased pressure on firms to take action in regards to emissions.

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“We recognise that offsetting is only an interim measure, but we want to take action on our carbon emissions now,” he said as reported by The Guardian. “Aviation will have to reinvent itself as quickly as it can.”

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easyJet’s CEO recognizes that airlines have a responsibility when it comes to the environment. Photo: easyJet

A series of pledges

easyJet is the latest British institution to make ambitious statements when it comes to emissions. Last month, British Airways announced that it will automatically carbon offset every domestic flight booking from January 2020.

Along with this, it has set up a tool for passengers to voluntarily offset their carbon emissions for international flights. Furthermore, British Airways’ parent International Airlines Group (IAG) promised that it will be carbon-neutral by 2050.

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It’s not just airlines that have been making similar announcements. Last week, Birmingham International Airport announced that it is looking to achieve net-zero emissions by 2033. The hub said that it will be publishing a decarbonization roadmap within the next year to reach its target.

Along with this, the government of the United Kingdom recently unveiled a £300 million investment project to develop greener forms of air transport. Part of the plan includes the development of sustainable alternative fuels. Research on electric aircraft and autonomous airliners is also sought after under the investment.

easyJet is the latest British outfit to revise its approach to carbon emissions. Photo: easyJet

What else will easyJet do?

Ultimately, Lundgren believes that easyJet is doing more than any other airline within this subject. He says that more customers are expecting companies to do something about the situation and that it is the right thing to do.

Additionally, the executive said that the 17 different projects that his company has lined up have been verified, audited and monitored to deliver actual offsets. After a three-year period is up, the carrier plans to develop its own schemes.

easyJet also announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to work together on the development of electric and hybrid planes. The airline hopes to use these on shorter-haul European flights.

Furthermore, the firm will continue to collaborate with Wright Electric, which manufactured a nine-seater electric plane that is expected to launch shortly. Also, Lundgren said that despite empty seats increasing on flights in the last year, his company will now take further action on reducing this number.

Finally, easyJet has also relaunched its package holiday business. This will be its own entity, looking to fill gaps left after the collapse of Thomas Cook. With this, a new easyJet Holidays booking site will be up before Christmas.

Simple Flying reached out to easyJet regarding its carbon emissions announcement but did not hear back before publication. We will update the article with any further comments.

What do you think of easyJet’s goals? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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Kaden

ATTENTION Simple Flying! The Simple Flying app is not updating FYI.

Kaden

ATTENTION Simple Flying. The app is not updating articles.

Matthew Yamatin

While the world is grateful Easyjet is doing something, please note that carbon offsets will no longer be an accepted practice to claim net-zero or carbon neutral emissions next year. Offsets have a very gray history, do not actually eliminate GHG emissions from the atmosphere, and have been found to often not live up to their certified impact in the long term. Whoever is advising easyjet should have been aware of this change in best practice and advised easyjet away from this type of solution towards something with long-term impact.

Peter

Once again (just like the scheme that Lufthansa/Swiss unveiled last week):
– Where are all these extra trees going to be planted?
– Who’s going to monitor them to make sure that they’re allowed to grow to maturity without being chopped down to make way for farmland at some stage?

Easyjet evidently think that we’re all as dumb as bricks…

nuunuu

Lufthansa and Swiss are cooperating with Myclimate and you can read about their reforestation project in Nicaragua here: https://www.myclimate.org/information/climate-protection-projects/detail-climate-protection-projects/nicaragua-forestry-7186/ If you read their reports, you can see that it is monitored and they have stated reasons why the project is taking place in the area they chose. If you don’t know and don’t care to google, please stop spreading this kind of speculations.

I don’t know about Easyjet’s projects yet but hopefully they will release some information soon 🙂

Peter

And you’re naive enough to assume that “Myclimate” will keep their word, and will vigilantly carry out their duties for the next 30-50 years, until the trees are mature? Especially in a totally “corruption-free” country like Nicaragua?

Never heard of the Oxfam scandal? Oxfam also made all sorts of rosy promises using other peoples’ money…and we know what happened there, don’t we?

Similar remark regarding The KidsCompany scandal.

To paraphrase you: “If you don’t know and don’t care to google, please stop spreading this kind of wishy washy BS”.

nuunuu

So you didn’t read their project information. The project is done with Plan Vivo Standard and Myclimate is not the one monitoring the project. As you can read here https://theredddesk.org/markets-standards/plan-vivo-standard it says: A third-party validation/verification body conducts a verification every five years, Projects normally expand during this time period to include more participant communities and project areas. Where projects are not meeting expected results and emission reductions, corrective actions are imposed and in the case of significant losses, e.g. due to natural disasters, cancellation can be made from the pooled Plan Vivo risk buffer. I think it’s funny that you… Read more »

Peter

Bernie Madoff’s investment company also had “certifications” and “audits” and “supervising bodies”…and it was all a big sham 😉

Why should any company pay a tax that isn’t levied upon it? Do you pay corporation tax? No? Then you must be “corrupt”.

With simple souls like you around, it’s now clear who Easyjet are aiming their hot-air scheme at 😉

Richard

Maybe the trees are grown for “30 to 50 years” and then what? They have to stay there forever or the offsetting achieves nothing. Mostly this ‘offsetting’ is an accounting way to justify carrying on as usual.

William

Once again Aviation is 2% of global emissions. Airlines spend 3 x more money on fuel than buying new aircraft, the price signals are already there. If you are going to waste money on combating non existent climate change spend it on electrical tractors or elsewhere. The planet is greener than 100 years ago. No rises in sea level.

nuunuu

I somewhat understand challenging the role of aviation in climate change but denying climate change is too much. The sea level is rising. You can read this and some other facts here: https://www.ipcc.ch/srocc/home/

Kaden

Humans are doing nothing to warm the planet.