Open letter to key European politicians, from…

Open letter to key European politicians, from environmental groups, asking for urgent action to cut aviation’s climate impact
2020-12-03 16:59:00
More than 30 NGOs sent a letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President David Sassoli and European Council President Charles Michel, urging them to take action now to prevent climate-damaging emissions from aviation in the wake of recent analysis for the European Commission, which concludes that air traffic has three times the climate impact in relation to its CO2 emissions alone. The letter was co-ordinated by Stay Grounded and Greenpeace EU.  It asks that:  Measures must be implemented to reduce intra-EU and international flights. Short haul flights must be banned where there is a cleaner alternative and construction and expansion of airports must cease. All subsidies to airlines and airports must stop, including the tax exemptions on tickets and fuel.  Non-CO2 impacts have to be fully accounted for by the EU and member states. Under the precautionary principle, the amount of CO2 emitted by aircraft must be tripled in GHG reporting systems, including in national emissions inventories. And solutions to mitigate non-CO2 impacts such as contrail avoidance must be pursued without delay. See the full letter. .Tweet   Open letter: NGOs demand urgent action on aviation emissions Greenpeace European Unit 03/12/2020 More than 30 NGOs sent a letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President David Sassoli and European Council President Charles Michel, urging them to take action now to prevent climate-damaging emissions from aviation in the wake of recent analysis for the European Commission, which concludes that air traffic has three times the climate impact in relation to its CO2 emissions alone. The NGOs demand immediate political action to ensure air travel is reduced and does not return to pre-COVID levels. The full letter is here and the text is copied below.   To: President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der LeyenPresident of the European Parliament, David SassoliPresident of the European Council, Charles Michel   3 December 2020 NGOs call for measures to reduce total climate impact of air transport  In the context of the current climate and health crises, we, the undersigned organisations, demand that action be taken in response to the newly released updated analysis of the non-CO2 climate impacts of aviation by the European Commission, as required by the 2017 ETS directive. Now that air traffic’s non-CO2 impacts are officially acknowledged, immediate political action must follow to mitigate aviation’s total climate impact as soon as possible. The most effective way to do so is to ensure air travel is reduced and does not return to pre-COVID levels.  For years, the sector has pushed to focus on being responsible for “only” 2% of human-made carbon emissions – a number consistently cited to downplay the need for action. This has led to a failure to properly regulate aviation for its impact. Non-CO2 impacts are not accounted for in any reporting systems or regulations. The report produced by the European Union Aviation Safety

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