Each year, up to 3 billion tonnes of carbon are emitted into our atmosphere, making travel one of the most environmentally harmful industries on the planet.
Many travel companies do wonderful work trying to limit or eliminate their carbon footprint, but the very act of plane travel lets all that hard work down.
The good news is that low-emission air travel may be here sooner than you think.
Wright Electric and EasyJet have joined forces to create an electric plane and plan to fly passengers on battery-operated airplanes within the next 10 years.
Wright Electric has already designed and flown a two-seater electric plane, but, as you can imagine, the logistics of flying 150 people will be much more challenging.
The issue is figuring out how to improve battery technology, but with the right amount of money – and significant ingenuity – low-emission planes could be landing at an airport near you in a decade.
Imagine if the fuselage and windows were coated in solar panel technology? With such low ‘fuel’ costs, air travel could also be a lot cheaper in future.
What do you think of this idea? Are you excited about low-emission airplanes? Do you think travel will become much cheaper with electricity as propulsion?