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Airlines Urged To Offset And Save The Planet

Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:40 pm

'British airlines need to do more to help passengers offset carbon emitted during flights, according to a new report published today.

The publication from the Environmental Audit Committee calls for more carriers to offer comprehensive carbon offsetting schemes as awareness of climate change increases among the public.

Committee chairman Tim Yeo told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that airlines have a "duty" to make such facilities available to their customers when they purchase a ticket.'

FULL STORY: http://www.letsfindaflight.com/page_1181845192626.html

So A.net, what do you think? Is offsetting effective in your opinion? Could it save the industries un-avoidable emmisions?

IMO I think that this is the way forward, but it needs to be done now like VirginBlue and DL (?) have. Everyone is using the industry we love as a scapegoat, when in fact power generation and vehicle emissions are by far the biggest contributors.

Is carbin offsetting the right choice?
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RE: Airlines Urged To Offset And Save The Planet

Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:13 pm

I think someone should tell this self-important, egotistical, hypocritical, thief to sod-off.

This is all just another way to try to make people feel good about raising taxes.

Someone please follow the members of this "Environmental Audit Committee" including Mr. Yeo and report on their individual "Carbon Footprints". I'll bet they are travelling around on aircraft, taking private cars, not car pooling, living in oversized and air conditioned accomodations, have fossil fuel burning "toys" (boats....).

Airlines are very low in the world-wide carbon emissions tonnage. This type of pap coming out of these sleezy politicians and bureaucrats is clearly just a trial balloon meant to gauge the chances of getting away with imposing additional manditory taxes on air travel under the guise of "Carbon Offsets".
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RE: Airlines Urged To Offset And Save The Planet

Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:20 pm

Worldwide air traffic accounts for 1.6 (ONE POINT SIX) percent of human greenhouse gas (note: not only CO2) emissions [1]. So all this seems like using a steamroller to crack a nut.

Currently, all domestic flights within the EU produce less CO2 than Germany's dirtiest power plant, all airlines in Europe produce less carbon dioxide than Germany's "Top 10" power plants together [2, 3].
Further, introducing a Single European Sky would cut around 12% of air traffic based CO2 emissions in Europe [2, 4].

I find the issue of environment protection far too important to have politicians mess this one up like everything else :S


[1] World Resources Institute http://www.wri.org
[2] Lufthansa http://www.lufthansa.com
[3] WWF http://www.wwf.de
[4] Eurocontrol http://www.eurocontrol.int
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RE: Airlines Urged To Offset And Save The Planet

Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:28 pm

Commercial Aviation is the epitome of an industry driven by efficiency and implementing new technologies. The only way to replace older aircraft right now is to increase aircraft production. . . so maybe some of that tax money raised could help finance new aircraft instead? Or at least developing new technologies for aircraft (applied eventually to other industries)?

I see that happening  sarcastic 
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