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EC draft shows EU to propose aviation fuel tax in efforts to cut European CO2 emissions
2021-07-08 22:07:00
The European Commission has drafted plans to set an EU-wide minimum tax rate for aviation fuels, as it seeks to meet more ambitious targets to fight climate change. The EC is drafting an overhaul of EU energy taxation, as part of a package of measures it will propose on July 14, to meet a target to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, from 1990 levels. The draft proposes taxing aviation fuel, as its continuing exemption “is not coherent with the present climate challenges and policies.”  From 2023, the minimum tax rate for aviation fuel would start at zero and increase gradually over a 10-year period, until the full rate is imposed. The draft proposal did not specify what the final rate would be. A recent survey suggests that Europeans support the taxation of aviation fuel.  Even factoring in the impact of the pandemic, aviation emissions are expected to grow between 220-290% by 2050 compared to 2015 levels, which would be disastrous for the climate. Airlines favour carbon offsetting schemes, rather than fuel tax; but these allow them to continue polluting even though offsets have been repeatedly found to be largely ineffective. .Tweet   A majority of Europeans favour a tax on jet fuel By Ciarán Cuffe  (Euractiv) 7th July 2021 One of the biggest injustices in aviation is the tax exemption for the fuel planes burn, argues Green MEP Ciarán Cuffe. [Bilal EL-Daou/Pixabay] A recent survey suggests that Europeans believe airlines should be required to pay tax on aviation fuel. The European Commission should heed the public and not the aviation lobby, writes Ciarán Cuffe. Ciarán Cuffe is an Irish Member of the European Parliament affiliated with the Greens/EFA group. He is a member of the Parliament’s transport and energy committees. On 14 July, the European Commission will publish its long awaited package that will hopefully set the EU on a path towards climate neutrality and a just transition, with social and environmental sustainability at its core. This package, if delivered correctly, will be good for people, the planet, and business. No one is underestimating the scale of the challenge, but we need to be ambitious if we are to deliver on all these objectives. The lethal heat waves we have seen in Pakistan and in Canada are not isolated events – they are becoming the norm because we continue to drag our heels on tackling climate change. The package represents an opportunity to reform many sectors for the better. The transport sector is particularly problematic because its emissions have been growing over the past number of years. Although aviation has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemi

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