European airlines lobbying against tighter EU rules to reduce CO2…

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European airlines lobbying against tighter EU rules to reduce CO2…

European airlines lobbying against tighter EU rules to reduce CO2 emissions
2021-06-10 11:54:00
European airlines are fighting tougher CO2 emissions rules under the EU’s long-awaited climate package, according to documents obtained by environmental group, Influence Map through FoI. The documents show that airlines and industry bodies have been lobbying against stricter European Commission rules for the sector under the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS). They do not want new taxes for the fossil fuels they burn, and say they cannot pay more after the damage the sector has suffered due to Covid. The EU has been trying to introduce measures to enable the block to cut its emissions by 55% by 2030, from their 1990 level. The airlines have vague aspirations to be “carbon neutral” by 2050 (while growing numbers of passengers and flights) by use of novel, so called “sustainable” fuels – and new technologies such as use of hydrogen and electric-powered aircraft, which are unlikely to make much difference for decades, if ever. Also the use of offsets, which don’t actually cut carbon. Industry group Airlines for Europe in October oppose a proposed tax on kerosene for flights within the EU, arguing that carriers would fill up in third countries. They do not want the phasing out of free airline credits, and are not happy that – at last – the cost of carbon permits has risen to a level that makes some sense. .Tweet   European airlines step up lobbying against EU climate rules Carriers fight tougher regulations on emissions, according to documents obtained by environmental group By Camilla Hodgson, Philip Georgiadis and Mehreen Khan  (Financial Times) 9.6.2021 European airlines are pushing against Brussels imposing tougher emissions rules under the EU’s long-awaited climate package, according to documen

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