T&E finds Europe’s largest airlines claim net zero future whilst…

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T&E finds Europe’s largest airlines claim net zero future whilst…

T&E finds Europe’s largest airlines claim net zero future whilst lobbying to weaken EU’s climate laws
2022-04-07 15:35:00
New analysis by Transport & Environment (T&E) finds that the 4 legacy airlines – Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia and Aer Lingus [both part of IAG] – are working to water down EU’s climate plans for aviation, letting up to 72% of EU aviation emissions off the hook. This is despite publicly committing to net zero emissions by 2050.  Europe’s biggest airlines have been lobbying decision makers to weaken the environmental ambition of the EU’s climate plans for aviation, such as its sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) proposal (ReFuelEU). There are major discrepancies between the airlines’ public commitments and their tenacious lobbying efforts. Negative climate lobbying efforts are led by the IATA as well as the airlines. Analysis by T&E shows clear signs that IATA and IAG’s positions have filtered through a number of amendments submitted by decision makers to the European Parliament. The airlines are making crowd-pleasing pledges of net-zero emissions, but in the background, they send IAG and IATA to do their dirty work: lobby to weaken the EU’s climate package so they can continue to pollute for free.” . Tweet Europe’s largest airlines claim net zero future whilst lobbying to weaken EU’s climate laws Brussels, 7 April 2022Transport & Environment Press Release New analysis by Transport & Environment (T&E) finds that the four legacy carriers – Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia and Aer Lingus – are working to water down EU’s climate plans for aviation, letting up to 72% of EU aviation emissions off the hook [1] . Despite publicly committing to net zero emissions by 2050 [2], T&E’s analysis of corporate position papers finds that Europe’s biggest airlines have been lobbying decision makers to weaken the environmental ambition of the EU’s climate plans for aviation, such as its sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) proposal (ReFuelEU). These papers reveal major discrepancies between the airlines’ public commitments and their tenacious lobbying efforts. The lobbying efforts are made directly by airlines or under the guise of front groups such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents the interests of legacy carriers such as Iberia and Aer Lingus (under the IAG group), Air France-KLM, and Lufthansa – all of which

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