Tory green package targets short-haul flights and landfill
of incentives to increase energy efficiency in the home, including sliding cuts
in stamp duty to linked to carbon efficiency. Taxes on short-haul domestic flights,
a doubling of landfill tax for business, and other suggestions are being proposed
in an attempt to give substance to David Cameron’s appeal to green voters.
review group led by Zac Goldsmith, the millionaire ecologist, and John Gummer,
has been stripped of some politically dangerous sloganising that might have alienated
middle of the road voters.
of air miles per year, following advice that it would be difficult to police,
but will press ahead with plans for fuel duty increases and incentives for airlines
to improve fuel efficiency. Mr Goldsmith defended extra taxes on airlines, saying:
“You cannot be serious about climate change or quality of life issues unless you
address these very, very difficult issues in relation to short-haul flights.”
on flights within the UK, as a means of encouraging passengers to switch to trains.
The consultation found the current recently doubled APD is not directly linked
to carbon emissions, and provides no incentives for airlines to be more fuel efficient.
only 100 grammes of CO2 per kilometre.