Cop26 aviation declaration “full of scams,” environmental activists warn

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A Cop26 statement aimed at reducing aviation emissions is “full of scams,” environmental activists have warned.

The International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition has agreed to support measures aimed at reducing the sector’s carbon emissions.

These included promoting the development of low carbon aircraft, sustainable aviation fuels and carbon offsets.

It has been signed by 20 countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Spain.

But Greenpeace is calling on EU leaders not to support him and urged them to ban short-haul flights and “invest heavily” in rail instead.

Doug Parr, Chief Scientist of Greenpeace UK, said: “This announcement is full of scams like offsetting and over-optimism about so-called ‘sustainable aviation fuels’ and future aircraft designs.

“But that’s missing the one thing that is needed to achieve the goal of limiting the temperature rise to 1.5 ° C, which is tangible action to prioritize green travel and reduce theft.

“At Cop, the final decision must be to phase out fossil fuels, which means reducing the demand for these fuels from industries like aviation.

“Policymakers and countries should ban short-haul flights wherever a viable alternative already exists, and invest in rail to create a transport system that is good for the planet while being affordable and accessible to all. “


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