‘ADP not a green tax’

2013-02-04 11:07

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Cape Town - If APD really was a green tax, then at today’s rate, the UK airline industry would be meeting its carbon costs twice over. This is according to Ian Petrie, British Airways’ regional commercial manager.

Petrie emphasized the airlines commitment to tackling climate change strategies as part of its £5-billion investment programme, at a media briefing held in Cape Town on Wednesday.
“We’re working to reduce our net carbon emissions by 50% by 2050. Some of the initiatives we have in place to achieve this include testing alternative fuels with Rolls-Royce. We have also confirmed our financial commitment to GreenSky London, Europe’s first sustainable jet-fuel plant, with our partner Solena. “

This facility will annually convert some 500 000 tonnes of waste normally destined for landfill into 50 000 tonnes of low-carbon jet fuel, 50 000 tonnes of bio-diesel, bionaphtha and renewable power.
This sustainable jet fuel will be used to power our aircraft from 2015.

Petrie said the airline was leading the industry in pressing for a global framework for dealing with aviation emissions and criticized governments that regard the airline industry as a soft target by imposing excessive taxes.

The UK currently has the highest aviation taxes in the world and one of the reasons is Airline Passenger Duty.

“APD masquerades as an environmental tax, but does nothing to incentivise airlines to reduce carbon emissions or punish those which do not. Nor are the proceeds invested in environmental projects. “ Petrie said.

As a European carrier is also subject to the EU Emission Trading Scheme and Petrie lamented the fact that the airline was subject to two sets of regulation - apparently both seeking to achieve the same thing.

The airline supports the call for a single global framework that  incentivises emission reduction and sanctions transgressors.

“It will be good for the environment, good for the airline industry and ultimately benefit customers who will not be paying an array of separate green taxes. “

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