EU Agrees to Weaken Climate Change Rules for Aviation

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The EU has disappointed green activists by rubber stamping airline industry proposals for deferred climate action.

‘Final blow’ to aviation climate plan as EU agrees to weaken rules 

Published on 09/06/2020, 6:20pm

EU member states will back an industry proposal to reduce airlines’ climate obligations in response to the coronavirus pandemic, at the UN aviation forum

By Chloé Farand

The climate plan for aviation is losing its last shred of credibility, after the European Union confirmed it will back an industry proposal to water down the rules, campaigners have warned. 

In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), called on the UN body responsible for aviation to ease airlines’ obligations to offset their emissions growth under a scheme known as Corsia.

Iata urged the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) to change the baseline from which emissions growth will be measured – a move it estimates could save airlines $15 billion in carbon offsetting costs.

At a time when the industry is reeling from grounded flights due to Covid-19, airlines argue current rules risk creating “an inappropriate economic burden on the sector”.

On Tuesday, EU member states backed the baseline change, which could see airlines pay nothing for their climate impact until 2024.

Read more: https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/06/09/final-blow-aviation-climate-plan-eu-agrees-weaken-rules/

Yet more evidence that climate action is way down the bottom of the list of priorities, even for deep green organisations like the European Union.

The only EU country which opposed deferment of the carbon tax plan was Sweden.

29 thoughts on “EU Agrees to Weaken Climate Change Rules for Aviation

  1. This is probably because the airline industry is decimated for at least the next few years anyway, so they can give into this one and won’t cost them much excess emissions anyway. And makes everyone look reasonable.

    • Watering down the rules for Aviation WRT carbon emissions will have Zero Point Zero percent effect on Climate Change

  2. “The climate plan for aviation is losing its last shred of credibility, after the European Union confirmed it will back an industry proposal to water down the rules, campaigners have warned. ”

    A very, very tiny last shred credibility, lost.

    Politicians always plan for what they do in the future, and it’s always
    about shakedowns, but it does not work very well when whomever they plan to shake, aren’t actually making any money.

  3. We are finding that staying alive trumps environmental concerns. Single use plastic bags aren’t that much of an environmental problem but they are much more hygienic than reusable bags. I did an online search for single use plastic covid and found a plethora of stories.

    Excessive environmentalism harms people. When the chips are down, excessive environmentalism may be one of those things that gets tossed aside.

  4. LHR (Heathrow) alone employs about 75 000 people mostly locally on ancient figures from a decade ago.
    Hounslow Ealing Slough Hillingdon Spelthorne.
    75 million passengers go through it.

    The idea somehow that you can put most of them under house arrest, ground 100s of billions of investment in modern aircraft, effectively bankrupt a major British aircraft engine manufacturer who earn most of their money from maintaining the engines (RR), ground staff that maintain fleets of aircraft, then give “ORDERS” to them when they are allowed to operate, trade, when most of them before the crisis were already facing a recession and/or commercial failure of advanced products such as A380…..

    Well, why not call “Government” as such or the EU something like USSR-V11.
    It would be more honest in the interests of everyone to stop “pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes” and “call a spade a spade”!

    What you are seeing is mass nationalisation, mass centralised control, PLUS mass hysteria, with the Two Minutes Hate propelled against anyone who might not share the same suicidal wish to participate in the dystopia.

    • Quite – I worked at Heathrow a few years ago and I understood it was 80,000 employed, direct and indirect.
      A fantastic airport doing a brilliant job moving people around the planet safely in an airport that has had to be adapted and improved while in use. There are 12 or more airports that move more planes, but Heathrow is near the top when it comes to moving more people with less planes.

    • The statue to Alcock & Brown was moved some time ago from pride of place at the entrance to the main terminal complexes. It is now outside Heathrow Academy.
      https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4777370

      This should be put somewhere prominant for all to see instead of in what is in effect a car park.

    • That’s just LHR. There is Stanstead, Gatwick, Louton even Biggin Hill that services London. So 75,000 – 80,000 is small in the overall picture of people employed in air services around London.

      • Maybe you might spell those places right?
        Stansted, Luton (2 places I hate, with LTN being almost as scruffy and outdated as LGW).

        In your little list you also forgot LCY which is WAAAY more important than BQH.

    • And I do love their large military displays every May. I heard that Russia and China are bringing peace to the world.

    • Much like car manufacturers, airplane manufacturers are being hit hard as planes that aren’t being used don’t need to be replaced as soon.

      • MarkW – It’s my understanding that all planes need to fly regularly in order to maintain certifications without having to go through a very expensive re-certification process. I’m assuming many of these trips are flown empty.

  5. Yet more evidence that climate action is way down the bottom of the list of priorities, even for deep green organisations like the European Union.

    The EU is not ‘green’ – it is essentially that wonderful Marxist invention, a Capitalist Lackey.
    ‘Green’ is just a convenient excuse to extract more money from people. We know this, they know this, everybody knows this – except the useful idiots who actually believe in ‘ClimateChange™.

    So the airlines are big business, and have twisted their arms.

  6. “The climate plan for aviation is losing its last shred of credibility”

    That’s only true if the climate plan had a shred of credibility to begin with.

    • Not surprising at all. Progressives hate. They hate whites, blacks, republicans, We The People and especially other progressives for not being progressive enough. The only love power something they would never get in real life.

  7. The only EU country which opposed deferment of the carbon tax plan was Sweden.

    What a surprise, in the very country where the church made Greta Thunberg is made a saint.
    Her holiness has deemed flying a sin and the government submissively obey.
    /SARC (in case anybody should be in doubt)

    So the unholy EU has failed to listen to the saint and her followers. How sad. (SARC-2)

  8. Relaxing regulations designed to provide an expensive non-solution to a non-problem?
    Wow…. What a concession! /s

  9. The photo at the top suggests air traffic control issues – not to mention an air-miss or two. Social distancing should apply in the skies too. (/sarc)

  10. There is ZERO evidence that carbon dioxide controls global temperature. Climate is chaotic, so it is IMPOSSIBLE, even in principle, to associate linkages between inputs and outputs.

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