EasyJet says that as part of their goal to de-carbonize aviation, they have signed a preliminary deal with Airbus to research hybrid and electric aircraft.
EasyJet logo on one of their flights
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European budget airline EasyJet said it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting climate-warming emissions from the fuel used on every flight. Climate experts, however, warn that such efforts are stopgap measures at best and that, with few options to reduce emissions from planes, the real focus should be on flying less. EasyJet said it will offset the carbon by investing in projects that include planting trees or protecting against deforestation. That is estimated to cost about 25 million pounds (USD 32 million) across the airline, which last year carried 88.5 million people on almost 560,000 flights.
From today, we will offset the carbon emissions from the fuel used for every single flight, domestic and international. Find out more about this and other ways we’re looking to reduce our impact on the environment: https://t.co/hrM7F39pyk pic.twitter.com/BsQ5Ax4Jp3