FoI shows BA’s parent airline, IAG, not keen on CO2…

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FoI shows BA’s parent airline, IAG, not keen on CO2…

FoI shows BA’s parent airline, IAG, not keen on CO2 per passenger data being revealed
2022-10-15 13:39:00
For people who decide to fly, it probably causes the emission of less CO2 if they can find an airline that emits less per passenger than others for that route. There was a study done by the ICCT, ranking the various airlines for their emissions on the same route. But it has now been revealed, by a Freedom of Information request by OpenDemocracy, that BA’s owner, IAG, was keen for those figures to be kept from the public, as it shows them up in a bad light.  IAG had argued against the proposal when responding to the Department for Transport’s 2021 consultation on its ‘Jet Zero strategy’. There are various reasons why an airline might emit more CO2 on a route, some of which are the age of the planes, and the amount of premium seats.  Tim Johnson, director of the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF), said consumers do not have enough information yet about the relative emissions of different airlines on a route. He urged the government to “require airlines to disclose and share CO2 emissions per passenger so they can be incorporated at the point of sale, whether that is on an airline’s own website or through a comparison site or travel company”. .Tweet Revealed: BA owner pressured government to hide emissions data British Airways doesn’t want the public to know it has the highest emissions per passenger on transatlantic routes By Ben Webster (Open Democracy) 13 October 2022 The owner of British Airways is seeking to conceal the environmental impact of its flights by lobbying against a UK government proposal to require airlines to inform passengers of every trip’s carbon emissions when booking, openDemocracy can reveal. The airline may have the most to lose if the proposal is introduced, because a study found it had the highest emissions per passenger on transatlantic routes. A Freedom of Information request revealed that International Airlines Group (IAG), BA’s parent company, had argued against the proposal when responding to the Department for Transport’s 2021 consultation on its ‘Jet Zero strategy’. In the consultation, the Department for Transport (DfT) said it was considering “mandating the provision of environmental information to customers at the time of booking flights”. It said this would “increase public awareness of carbon emissions and climate change” and help customers choose the lowest-emission option for their trip. Responding to the DfT’s proposal, IAG said: “Overall, w

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