Swapping plane travel for low-carbon travel and staycations would create…

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Swapping plane travel for low-carbon travel and staycations would create…

Swapping plane travel for low-carbon travel and staycations would create many more jobs – says new report
2022-02-21 09:39:00
There is a real interest in how to provide good jobs, in lower carbon sectors, for people who currently work in high-carbon industries, such as aviation. This just transition is something society needs to achieve, quite fast. A new report by the organisation, Possible, and thinktank Autonomy, has crunched the numbers and found that there could be many more jobs, in local tourism and associated activities, such as rail and ferries, than in the aviation sector. Possible says job losses in the aviation sector would be far outweighed by those created elsewhere. The number of flights and passengers will have to reduce, in order to keep the CO2 emissions from aviation low enough, as there are no realistic low-carbon alternatives at scale for many decades, if ever.  In the scenario which reduced aviation demand by half, around 139,000 jobs were lost and 422,000 jobs were created, generating a net increase in employment of around 283,000. In the scenario which reduced aviation by two thirds, 187,000 jobs were lost and 521,000 created, providing a net increase in jobs of around 337,000.  This would help with the transition to a low-carbon economy.  .Tweet   Creating jobs with climate-friendly travel 18.2.2022  (from Possible’s website) Tackling the climate crisis is going to mean making some big changes for the better. And a key change is reducing the amount of flights that are taken – in the UK and around the world. Aviation, however, employs lots of people, from cabin crew to pilots, from airport staff to aeronautical engineers. So the question is, how do we reduce the number of flights to protect the climate while also protecting people working in aviation? We decided to team up with Autonomy to take a look and got a rather surprising answer – reducing flights and replacing them with climate-friendly ways of travelling could give the UK the opportunity to create a huge number of jobs. In fact, if we reduced flights, for every job that was lost, about three could be created in its place. We looked at two scenarios – the first reducing flight demand by half and the second by two thirds. Both scenarios also explored an increase in journeys made on lower carbon modes of transport, an increase in domestic tourism and a ramp-up in the use of alternative fuels made from renewable electricity to replace current plane fuel, kerosene. If passengers

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