Budget airline easyJet says it will offset all CO2 emissions from flights. For this purpose, the company allocates 25 million pounds (27 million euros) for 2020. The company reported a profit of 349 million euros in the broken financial year 2019.
In 2018, EasyJet aircraft emitted 7.6 million tonnes of CO2.
Other organizations have already taken similar steps. For example, at the beginning of October, Air France announced that the company wants to offset the CO2 emissions of domestic flights.
Travel organization Sunweb announced last month that it would offset all CO2 emissions associated with package travel. The organization buys certificates for this from an agency that financially supports wind turbines in India.
EasyJet says in an explanation that it is a temporary measure. "We admit that compensating is only an interim measure, but we now want to take action." EasyJet also announced that it will continue to work with Airbus to investigate electric and hybrid aircraft. According to experts, it will be a long time before electric aircraft can be used commercially.
Compensating for CO2 emissions is not undisputed. The effectiveness depends very much on the type of project that is being invested in. Experts and environmental organizations also note that with CO2 compensation, emissions remain stable in theory, while emissions actually have to decrease to combat climate change.