Aviation industry must cut emissions without offsetting

Commenting on this week's vow by airlines to cut emissions, Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins said: 'The aviation industry rightly recognises that it must play its part in tackling climate change - but it mustn't be allowed to create  a smokescreen that lets governments off the hook. 'Emissions from flying must be cut, but this must be done without using offsetting - a con which allows companies and countries to avoid making desperately needed carbon cuts.
'Cleaner planes have a part to play, but Government intervention is also needed to ensure that aviation emissions are slashed - this must include the scrapping of ludicrous plans to allow UK airports to expand.
'Aviation must make a real contribution to legally-binding international efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change.'


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