The Aviation Stand-off

China has announced that its airlines will not be allowed to pay the EU tax on airline carbon emissions that applies to aircraft flying to or from the European Union without the specific approval of relevant government departments. The airlines of China will not be allowed to participate in the Emissions Savings Scheme without similar clearance. Continue reading

Emissions: onwards and upwards and more of them

Every year, when some nation tries get some international consensus on the greenhouse gas emissions made by aviation. These emissions are usually discharged at high level, making them last longer in the upper atmosphere and pushing our global warming, like the aircraft, upwards and onwards. Continue reading

Taxing flying

A UK low cost airline, Easyjet has commissioned a report by Frontier Economics to reveal the impact of the government’s proposed Air Passenger Duty on air travel. The government has offered a number of options for calculating air passenger duty but Frontier Economics’ research indicates that all of the options that would be “bad for the UK”. Of course an airline commissions a report that it expects will support, not hinder, its lobbying for a particular type of duty on flying. Continue reading

How to reduce shipping and aviation emissions

The economics of living and the economics of business are the major barriers to preventing the climate from rapidly changing. Every household and every business tries to spend its money wisely and budgets for what it should spend. Installing solar panels at home or making energy efficiencies in a business cost money and even though in the long run the measures may well save money, it is always difficult for people to make the decision to tie up capital today for a better tomorrow. Continue reading

Willie Walsh’s airline emissions

When an important member of a highly polluting industry suggests that the industry should be taxed on its carbon emissions it is not usually because that there has been a conversion, similar to that on the road to Damascus. It is usually about damage limitation or spin. Continue reading

Greenhouse gas emissions – the UK fiddles the figures

Governments fiddle all kinds of figures to enhance their reputations. We have now many standards for inflation, and from time to time the items that include inflation change, apparently to show it in its most favourable light at any time. Unemployment figures are similarly manipulated and it would seem so are figures of hospital waiting lists. It is an age old technique carried out by governments of all nations and persuasions. Stalin was notorious at this with published figures showing Soviet production in their five year plans constantly increasing while the population starved. It seems even figures for climate change are not immune from being manipulated in order to show something which is not true. Continue reading

The temperature is rising and emissions playing the tune

Kyoto is not working. The industrial nations of the world were supposed to reduce their carbon emissions; all of them signed up to it except the United States of America. It came into force in 2005 when the requisite number of countries signed up to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 5.2% by 2012, which would have brought them in the main to emissions to 1990 levels. That was a very modest aim, and not one which would have reversed or significantly slowly the rate of global warming, but it was a start and would have bought the planet a few valuable years. Continue reading