Air France to offset daily CO2 emissions by next year

Paris, Oct 1 (AFP/APP):French carrier Air France will offset the carbon dioxide emissions of its 500-odd daily internal flights by 2020 at a cost of millions of euros, the company’s CEO has announced.

In a bid to counteract its climate impact, the company will finance projects that support tree planting, forest protection and the global shift to less polluting energy, Anne Rigail told Le Parisien newspaper.

“It is an investment of several million euros, she said in an interview published late Monday, adding the company was acting “voluntarily”.

Other projects would include banning single-use plastics such as cutlery from local flights as from January, and “to start separating and recycling waste” from October.

The airline industry has been under fire over its carbon emissions, which at 285 grammes of CO2 emitted per kilometre travelled by each passenger, far exceed all other modes of transport, according to the European Environment Agency.

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