Air travellers may have to pay carbon charge to offset emissions
Planned tax will make public more aware of climate harm caused by flying, ministers hope
Mon 22 Jul 2019 00.51 BSTLast modified on Mon 22 Jul 2019 07.09 BST
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Air passengers may have to pay an extra “carbon charge” on flights as part of a government initiative to reduce CO2 emissions and tackle the climate crisis.
Passengers could choose to pay more for travel tickets, which would then be used to offset greenhouse gas emissions. Or the scheme could work on an “opt-out” basis and also be applied to trains, buses and ferries.
Ministers hope the plans will raise awareness
The government said it hoped the initiative would “drive consumer choices towards less polluting journey options”.
However, the transport secretary, Chris Grayling
Grayling said on Thursday: “Climate change affects every one of us and we are committed to ensuring that transport plays its part in delivering net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Heathrow’s expansion plans make a mockery of the zero emissions strategy Caroline Lucas [image: Caroline Lucas]
“An offsetting scheme could help inform travellers about how much carbon their journey produces and provide the opportunity to fund schemes, like tree planting, to compensate for those emissions. However, our focus remains to target the development, production and uptake of zero emission technology across all modes of transport.”
A report by the Department for Transport
In the past year, a third of carbon dioxide emissions came from transport alone in the UK.