Aviation growth is on a ‘collision course’ with targets to reduce greenhouse gases, according to a report from the University of York’s Stockholm Environment Institute. The research has been sent to key decision makers across the globe, including the UN, the WHO and several governments. It claims that there is an urgent need to reduce global greenhouse gases and calls on the aviation industry to play its full role in doing so.
Report co-author, John Whitelegg, said “The growth in demand for flying is one of the most serious environmental threats that the world faces. It has been fuelled by generous tax breaks and state aid and is contrary to the objectives of environmental policy, especially efforts to prevent the worst consequences of climate change.”