As the first – and only – major airline, Easyjet began fully offsetting the flights of all its passengers three years ago. The British are investing in projects to reforest or prevent deforestation in South America and Africa.

Or they finance renewable energy sources such as solar, wind or geothermal energy or promote a climate-neutral way of life in developing countries, for example by replacing a coal-fired power plant in India with a solar power plant.

But that’s over now. As the airline has now announced, the compensation program will expire at the end of this year. The fact that Easyjet announced this on the occasion of the presentation of theirs sounds paradoxical at first.

But CEO Johan Lundgren emphasizes that the airline’s plans for CO neutrality are the reason for the decision.

“We have always said that compensating is an interim solution until we can show reliable goals of how we can achieve actual improvements,” said the Easyjet boss. That is now the case.

With investments in efficient aircraft, sustainable aviation fuel and operational improvements, the airline is targeting a 78 percent reduction in emissions by 2050, according to Lundgren.

Of course there is a demand for CO 2 compensation. But what his airline plans to do is more direct. “If you asked the public, they would hear that the best way to decarbonize industry is with zero-emission technology, and that’s what we’re turning our attention to now,” Lundgren said at an event at the Luton headquarters.

When announcing the compensation plans, Easyjet said the whole thing would cost the airline the equivalent of 26 million euros a year.

The airline does not reveal how much was ultimately paid for the compensation. But Lundgren said they will not invest less than before.

This article was written by Laura Frommberg

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The original of this article “Easyjet no longer compensates” comes from aeroTelegraph.