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.

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Earthling2
June 12, 2020 10:05 pm

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.

June 12, 2020 10:09 pm

“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”

How will that watering down impact human caused global warming and climate change?

The surprising answer is that there is no evidence that it will. Pls see:

https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/06/10/a-monte-carlo-simulation-of-the-carbon-cycle/

Bryan A
Reply to  Chaamjamal
June 12, 2020 10:49 pm

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

gbaikie
June 12, 2020 10:39 pm

“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.

commieBob
June 12, 2020 11:37 pm

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.

Bryan A
Reply to  commieBob
June 13, 2020 9:40 am

Any form of extremism is detrimental to society

June 12, 2020 11:55 pm

It looks like there is a silver lining to the Covid-19 Cloud as it outranks Climate Alarmism 10:1.

pigs_in_space
June 13, 2020 1:11 am

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.

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  pigs_in_space
June 13, 2020 1:19 am

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.

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  pigs_in_space
June 13, 2020 3:11 am

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.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  pigs_in_space
June 13, 2020 3:25 am

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.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  Patrick MJD
June 14, 2020 1:36 pm

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.

Stephen Skinner
June 13, 2020 1:25 am

Aviation is a big fat non issue for the environment. It can only be made an issue by using photo shopped images like the stupid image at the head of this article. No such image exists in reality ever, anywhere!
This type of image does exist in almost every city:
comment image?itok=AQJ-DCGZ

Climate believer
June 13, 2020 2:01 am

I can’t seem to find China or Russia on the list of participating states….

https://www.icao.int/environmental-protection/CORSIA/Pages/state-pairs.aspx

According to Statista.com “In 2019, around 660 million passengers travelled by air in China”

We really do love shooting ourselves in the foot over and over again.

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  Climate believer
June 13, 2020 3:13 am

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

MarkW
Reply to  Jon P Peterson
June 13, 2020 6:18 am

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.

Chuck in Houston
Reply to  MarkW
June 16, 2020 10:50 am

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.

Leo Smith
June 13, 2020 3:10 am

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.

MarkW
June 13, 2020 6:12 am

“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.

Tiger Bee Fly
June 13, 2020 8:03 am

“…especially for private jets owned by the Right People.”

richard
June 13, 2020 8:43 am

“Students Love Green New Deal… Until Hearing What’s In It”

MarkW
Reply to  richard
June 13, 2020 9:50 am

While interesting, it had nothing to do with the Green New Deal.

Robertvd
Reply to  richard
June 13, 2020 2:28 pm

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.

Carl Friis-Hansen
June 13, 2020 9:39 am

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)

J Mac
June 13, 2020 10:34 am

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

David S
June 13, 2020 11:22 am

Some animals are more equal.

Phil Salmon
June 14, 2020 6:32 am

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)

David F Mayer
June 14, 2020 10:05 am

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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