The non-governmental organisation “Transport and Environment” today published a study, kept secret by the European Commission, on the consequences of a kerosene tax on aviation. In its study, the European Commission comes to the conclusion that an EU kerosene tax would reduce the CO2 emissions of European aviation by eleven percent without negative effects on the economy.
Airlines were the biggest carbon emitters in four European countries last year and were among the top 10 emitters in another 12, the latest analysis of EU emissions data shows. The data shows that airlines are increasingly occupying the top positions previously dominated by coal and heavy industry.
On the 9th May, heads of states and governments of the European Union Member States will meet in Sibiu to discuss the future of the EU. They are due to agree to a 10 point declaration on the future of Europe.
Ska Keller, President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament and lead candidate of the European Greens for the European elections, comments:
“It is striking that in the draft version of the Sibiu declaration, “climate change” is the very last word at the very end of the document. It seems that the heads of states and governments still haven’t understood the urgency of the situation. Not only are they ignoring the thousands of young people who are on the streets every week demanding climate action, they are putting all of our futures at risk. Climate protection should not be a footnote for the European Union, but it should be in the centre of all European politics. The European Union needs to step up its ambition and lead by example for an ambitious, global climate action plan.”
GUE/NGL, the left group in the European Parliament, is launching its Climate Emergency Manifesto.
The 16-year old Swede, who inspired the worldwide “School Strike For Climate” movement, addressed MEPs in an Environment Committee meeting in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
Today, Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist, will address the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament from 14:00 to 15:00. As an answer to the requests of the climate movement, the Greens/EFA group presents today 10 priority measures to save the climate including measures how to finance the transition.
On 1 April 2019 at 12:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST), the European Commission will grant unlimited access to installation-level 2019 verified emissions data on the European Union Transaction Log (EUTL) website. The data will also be published at the same time in an Excel spreadsheet on the Union Registry page of this website. Access to this data will be granted irrespective of the amount of data available. No aggregate data or interpretation will be made available.