EasyJet to offset carbon emissions from all flights

Marco Green
November 19, 2019

"We recognise that offsetting is only an interim measure, but we want to acquire motion on our carbon emissions now".

It did, however, release per-passenger data, reporting that it emitted 77.07 grams per passenger kilometre in FY 2019 - down 1.8% from 78.46g in 2018.

He noted that Hungarian-based airline Wizz Air recently called for a ban on business class.

Looking back to the past year, adjusted PBT of £427mln was significantly lower year on year but in line with the guidance given last month for £420mln-£430mln, as costs per seat increased by 1.5% to £56.74 as a result of 8% higher unit fuel costs and foreign exchange movements. The allocation of EUAs for this year by the United Kingdom government has been frozen by the European Commission pending clarity on Brexit.

The airlines said the EU ETS-related liability and asset would both be scratched from its balance sheet under a no-deal Brexit, as under that scenario United Kingdom emitters would not face any compliance obligations for calendar year 2019.

The carrier added its priority was to work on reducing its carbon footprint in the short term, while researching new greener technology in the longer term. The company also looks at aircraft that taxi with an electric engine instead of jet engines.

Furthermore, easyJet is going to reduce its own emissions in other ways.

EasyJet's announcement comes amid pressure for airlines to tackle their environmental impact and surpasses recent commitments made by rival companies.

Aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

The carrier announced its plans in a statement on Tuesday, adding that it has already started to act to offset carbon emissions. This is possible, for example, through the use of renewable energy for its support services.

'But there's no getting away from the climate pollution from flights and the need for this sector to play its part'.

"Through carbon offsetting easyJet will spend in tasks to reduce carbon and carbon equivalents from the ambiance", it stated.

"Beyond that, the whole industry needs to come together more effectively to decarbonise this critical sector just as quickly as possible".

"EasyJet will compensate for every tonne of Carbon dioxide emitted from fuel used for its flights by ensuring there is one tonne less in the atmosphere".

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