General News

Below are links to stories of general interest in relation to aviation and airports.

 

Shipping pollution ‘far more damaging than flying’

New research suggests that the impact of shipping on climate change has been seriously underestimated and that the industry is currently churning out greenhouse gases at nearly twice the rate of aviation. Shipping, although traditionally thought of as environmentally friendly, is growing so fast that the pollution it creates is at least 50% higher than previously thought. Maritime emissions are also set to leap by 75% by 2020. (Independent)

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European Investment Bank publishes its investment policy

The EIB has renewed its policy on lending to the transport sector. The new transport lending policy sets the guiding principles and selection criteria that will reinforce the Bank's contribution to this sector, in particular taking into account climate change concerns. (European Investment Bank)

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Growth in air traffic projected to continue to 2025 (ICAO)

Total world airline scheduled passenger traffic in terms of passenger-kilometres is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 4.6%up to the year 2025, half a % point lower than the growth rate achieved over the period 1985-2005, according to forecasts prepared by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Total freight traffic growth over the same period is forecast to be stronger, at 6.6% per annum in terms of freight tonne-kilometres. (ICAO statement)

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Friends of the Earth are asking as many people as possible to write to their MEP for a strengthened ETS including aviation

Please write to your MEP and ask for aviation to be included in the EUETS. The European Parliament's Environment Committee will soon be voting on including aviation in the EUETS (European Union Emissions Trading Scheme). This is a key opportunity to ensure that the EU tackles aviation's climate impact. Ask your MEP to improve the effectiveness of the EUETS, by asking for the strongest possible aviation ETS. FoE have a straightforward email action. Deadline - end of September !!!

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Budget airlines boost the world’s air traffic

The continued growth in budget airlines in Europe is helping to increase the number of flights worldwide. Low-cost flights now account for 22% of all flights in Europe – up 4% on last year, statistics from the flight information company OAG showed. (Independent)

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BAA pays its own staff to lobby in favour of Stansted expansion

BAA paid its security staff to protest at a public inquiry hearing evidence about the environmental damage that would be caused by the expansion of Stansted. The staff were given paid time off from carrying out security checks at the Essex airport to support their employer’s application to increase the number of flights by 75,000 a year. (The Times)

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Is Britain holidaying its way towards financial crisis?

The days of a holiday being a once a year luxury are well and truly over. As peoples working lives become increasingly busy and stress filled it seems that the idea of a regular break from the daily routine has come to assume a more and more significant place in most our lives. This is beginning to blind many of us to the financial implications inherent in taking multiple expensive holidays over the course of the year. (inthenews.co.uk)

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SUPPORT THE BRITISH ECONOMY – STOP STANSTED EXPANSION

Stop Stansted Expansion has launched a new phase in its campaign aimed at raising awareness of the adverse impact upon the UK economy of the inexorable growth in cheap leisure flights. Figures published by the Office of National Statistics last month show that the UK tourism deficit continues to grow rapidly. During the first 6 months of this year, UK residents took 34.3 million overseas trips – almost double the number of trips to the UK by foreign visitors (17.5 million). (SSE Press Release)

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Tory green package targets short-haul flights and landfill

The Conservative party's quality of life report will this week propose a range 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. (Guardian)

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Should we stop flying in organic food?

Should the Soil Association withdraw the 'organic' label from produce flown in from abroad? As the public debate hots up, critics insist a ban would threaten the livelihoods of farmers in developing nations. Others are more worried about the environmental impact ... (The Guardian )

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