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EASYJET ANNOUNCES ZERO-CARBON FLIGHTS

EASYJET ANNOUNCES ZERO-CARBON FLIGHTS

EasyJet announces zero-carbon flights
EasyJet announces zero-carbon flights



European budget airline easyJet says it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight.


The company says Tuesday it will offset the carbon "by investing in projects that include planting trees or protecting against deforestation." The cost of the program is estimated at 25 million pounds ($43 million Cdn).

The airline described the effort as an "interim measure" while new technologies are being developed, including efforts to develop hybrid and electric planes. The measure is part of other initiatives to reduce emissions, such as using a single engine when taxiing.

"People have a choice in how they travel and people are now thinking about the potential carbon impact of different types of transport," said easyJet's CEO Johan Lundgren. "But many people still want to fly and if people choose to fly we want to be one of the best choices they can make."

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