asks passengers to pay green fee
By Ben Webster
Travellers must make ethical choice on surcharge to offset the environmental impact of flying
PASSENGERS of British Airways face a moral dilemma: from today, when they book they will be asked to pay a few pounds extra to compensate for the environmental impact of their flights.
The airline will encourage all of its passengers to make a donation which will be invested in energy-saving projects.
The amount will depend on the distance travelled, with passengers flying from London to Paris paying £5, those to Los Angeles £13 and those to Sydney £25. BA
is introducing the “green fee” to persuade the Government that it takes the issue of pollution seriously.
The airline fears that ministers will adopt a European proposal for environmental taxes on flights unless the industry is seen to act to mitigate emissions. Under the scheme, passengers will be able to calculate their share of the carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, emitted by the aircraft during their journey. They will then be asked to pay a fee that will be spent on projects that help developing countries to reduce their emissions. The idea, known as carbon offsetting, is to save an equivalent amount of CO2 that would otherwise be emitted by developing countries without the investment.
has joined forces with Climate Care, an Oxford-based environmental trust that specialises in carbon offsetting by distributing energy-efficient lamps in South Africa and low-emission stoves in India.
....... coming only a couple of days after their fuel surcharge goes up yet again, all I can say is "good luck" getting pax to actually donate money.
Breakfast in BHX, lunch in FAO, dinner in TIP, baggage in YYC.