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British Airways will be first UK airline to offset carbon footprint on all flights

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BRITISH Airways have announced plans to become the first UK airline to offset all carbon emissions on flights within the UK.

The company will roll out the policy from 2020, also investing in carbon reduction globally and planning to cap emissions on domestic flights.

They will become the first company in the UK to offset all of their carbon emissions on domestic flights – meaning they will invest in carbon reduction projects around the world.

The projects include renewable energy, protection of rain forests and reforestation programmes.

The carbon emissions will be offset on the 75 flights a day BA operate from London to the likes of Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow – with their domestic emissions totalling around 400, 000 tonnes of Co2 per year.

BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group have committed themselves to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

They have become the first airline group in the world to do so.

Their eco-friendly mission will contribute to both the UK Government’s commitment to a net zero carbon economy by 2050 and the United Nations’ objective to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Part of the company’s new eco-friendly approach includes a $400 million (£3.5m) investment in the development of sustainable aviation fuels over the next 20 years.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “British Airways is determined to play its part in reducing aviation’s CO2 emissions.

“To solve such a multi-faceted issue requires a multi-faceted response and this initiative further demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable future.

“It also follows our announcement to partner with renewable fuels company, Velocys, to build a facility which converts household and commercial waste into renewable sustainable jet fuel to power our fleet.”

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