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Environmental pressure group asks A4E to clarify stance on climate change

Transport and Environment Executive Director William Todts has challenged the airline lobby group Airlines for Europe (A4E) to clarify if their stance regarding carbon dioxide emissions and global warning, were one and the same as Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’ Leary. This development came after O’Leary revealed in an interview with an Irish radio station that did not believe that climate change is real. During that said talk, O’ Leary ruffled …

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UK Government being pressed to prove that London Heathrow expansion will meet air quality standards

The UK Government is being given the full court press to prove that the addition of a third runway at London Heathrow could be completed without compromising air quality and carbon dioxide emissions targets. After calling a snap general election for June 8, the Conservative Government last month sought to postpone the publication of its plans for tackling air pollution until after the poll. However, in a victory for environmentalists, …

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European Commission discredits use of emissions offsets

The European Commission has released a critical study of carbon offsets, concluding that 85% of the offset projects under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to date, has failed in the objective of lessening emissions. Transport & Environment (T&E) stated that the aviation sector runs the risk of repeating these mistakes in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) global scheme to offset aircraft emissions. The sustainable transport NGO lobbied for …

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Australia volunteers to adopt Global Emissions Scheme

Australia’s airlines have committed to join more than 60 other countries in adopting the world’s first international industry carbon offset scheme – the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Australia’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development acting Deputy Secretary Pip Spence confirmed his country’s participation during a recent Senate committee hearing. As a result of Australia’s participation in the environmental initiative, Virgin Australia and Qantas would be …

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EU Commission announces the adoption of the first global CO2 standard for aircrafts

The European Union (EU) is welcoming the adoption of the very first CO2 standard for aircrafts, which they hope will contribute heavily to the sustainability of the aviation sector. The EU and its member states have been staunch supporters of the standard which will be steadily introduced in 2020, with various degrees of stringency and applicably dates based on the weight of the aircraft and whether it concerns a “new …

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Swedish passenger Tax to compromise global carbon agreement

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned of the negative impact that the proposed Swedish aviation passenger tax would have on both the country’s aviation industry and the economy. Responding to an Inquiry on the proposed tax, IATA said the move would cost 7,500 jobs and severely dampen Sweden’s economic competitiveness. The numbers back up IATA’s claims: Analysis of the “green tax” proposals of up to SEK430 per ticket, shows …

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Fixing emissions trading to make aviation and shipping pay their way

By: Andrew Murphy, Aviation Manager The EU’s Environment Council meets Tuesday to discuss Europe’s emissions trading system. The EU ETS is often described as the “flagship” of Europe’s climate policy and is currently the largest carbon market in the world. However it has been malfunctioning since a systematic oversupply of credits built up as a result of both Europe’s economic crisis and weak ambition in setting the cap when the ETS was …

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Government face challenge over Heathrow expansion

An Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report has asked the government to  demonstrate that it can mitigate the environmental impacts of the planned new runway at Heathrow. In October of last year, the Government expressed support for the construction of a third runway at Heathrow. However, Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the EAC has said: “If the Government wants to get Heathrow expansion off the ground it needs to show that …

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Call for more efforts to cut carbon emissions in aviation

Aviation experts have called for airline carriers to take responsibility and help reduce carbon emissions to promote green growth. The call was made during the Aviation Africa 2017 Forum that was held in the Rwandan capital of Kigali last week. There, experts discussed strategies to reduce carbon emissions, starting with the new International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) carbon emission deal that was signed last year. The deal – which was …

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European Parliament Adopts Draft Reform of Carbon Market Post 2020

The European Parliament made significant strides in reforming the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) post-2020, assuming a draft proposal that seeks the middle ground. The draft proposal was voted for 379-263 on February 15, 2017. The ETS has suffered from low prices on its excess supply of CO2 due to the financial crisis that plagued the country in 2008, and recently, the UK’s pending exit from the European Union. In …

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