UK Labour Party considering banning private jet flights by 2025

Alasdair Whyte
By Alasdair Whyte November 4, 2019 15:25

UK Labour Party considering banning private jet flights by 2025

The UK Labour Party has said that it will consider banning non-electric private jet flights from 2025. The party is hoping to be in government after the general election on December 12.

Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary tweeted:  “The multi-millionaires & billionaires who travel by private jet are doing profound damage to the climate, and it’s the rest of us who’ll suffer the consequences. A phase-out date for the use of fossil fuel private jets is a sensible proposal.”

He was responding to a white paper by Common Wealth, a Left wing thinktank, and A Free Ride, a campaign group that argues for a tax on frequent flyers.

The report says that: “Because the user base for private jets has access to vast reserves of private capital, we suggest that a near term deadline for prohibiting fossil powered private jets from using UK airports could serve to accelerate R&D time-to-market horizons in the electric aerospace sector.”

“We contend that fossil fuelled private jets represent the nadir of carbon inequality and their persistent use in the context of the escalating climate crisis can no longer be justified, particularly in light of the social effects of these flights,” says the report. “Therefore we propose a near-total ban on fossil fuel powered private aircraft using UK airports from 2025 onwards.”

The report says that medical flights would still be allowed.

The European Business Aviation Association issued a statement saying: “Business aviation serves a legitimate, and important, societal purpose: we connect communities, enable secure travel, improve business productivity and opportunities, and link markets in an increasingly globalised world when time matters most and no alternative is available. In short, we fly where others don’t, or cannot, and this drives the demand for our service. Nonetheless these benefits come with an environmental cost, and business aviation must balance them with a responsibility to mitigate climate change.”

In a longer statement, McDonald said: “This report makes a very convincing argument. Why is the government enabling billionaires to trash the climate when it’s the rest of us who will suffer the consequences?”

“Climate targets cannot be met without curbing pollution from air travel, and a passenger on a private jet produces ten times the emissions of someone on a regular flight. This simply cannot be ignored,” said McDonald. “In just a few years’ time it will be possible for these journeys to be made by electric aircraft – so long as government puts in place the right incentives. Labour will examine these proposals closely and consult with industry on the introduction of a phase out date for the use of fossil fuel private jets.”

 


 

Alasdair Whyte
By Alasdair Whyte November 4, 2019 15:25

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