Airport groups write to the Prime Minister…

Airport groups write to the Prime Minister to say the taxpayer should not have to pay for the decarbonisation of aviation
2020-11-19 16:50:00
A number of airport community groups have written to the Prime Minister, in response to a letter that he has been sent by the lobbying body, “Sustainable Aviation.  The UK aviation industry leaders are asking the Government to co-finance the sector’s decarbonisation. The community groups are pleased the industry is starting to realise that it must address its climate change effects and other adverse environmental impacts. Instead of yet more aspirational words, the industry should now start taking decisive and long-overdue action. Regrettably, however, its willingness to do so appears to be conditional on the taxpayer bearing the cost of the transition it needs to make. That should not happen: there is no economic or social case for public investment in aviation’s decarbonisation. Most flights are for leisure purposes; a high proportion are by frequent flyers; in any one year, about half the UK population does not get into a plane. The sector already receives an effective subsidy, by not paying VAT or fuel duty. Government’s role should be to regulate the industry’s emissions and other adverse environmental and health impacts properly, by setting and enforcing challenging targets and defined timescales. Aviation’s decarbonisation should be paid for by the industry, not by the taxpayer. .Tweet       The letter Decarbonising aviation – letter to the Prime Minister From: AirportWatch Aviation Communities Forum (ACF) FlightFree UK Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) Heathrow Association for the Control of Air Noise (HACAN) Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (LADACAN) No 3rd Runway Coalition Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) To: The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA 19 November 2020   Dear Prime Minister Regulating aviation decarbonisation to deliver a green economic recovery We are writing in response to the recent letter to you from UK aviation industry leaders, which asks the Government to co-finance the sector’s decarbonisation.  [ Letter copied below ]. We are pleased the industry is beginning to acknowledge that it must address its climate change effects and other adverse environmental impacts. Its track record to date is dismal. UK aviation’s CO2 emissions grew by nearly 16% between 2010 and 2018 (and by 124% since 1990) and reached a new record high in 2019. The Climate Change Committee project that aviation will account for 35% of the UK’s residual emissions by 2050, placing a restrictive burden on other areas of the productive economy, perhaps most particularly upon regions of the UK requiring further development. Encouraged by the absence of effective regulation of its adverse environmental impacts, aviat

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