LONDON (AP) – 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 â€œby investing in projects that include planting trees or protecting against deforestation.â€™â€™ The cost of the program is estimated at 25 million pounds ($32 million).
The airline described the effort as an â€œinterim 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.
EasyJet says that as part of a goal to de-carbonize aviation, it has signed a preliminary deal with Airbus to jointly research hybrid and electric aircraft.