13 Nov 2007 03:11:30
''Increased action'' required to cut aviation impact on climate change
There is a need for greater action to cut the contribution made by aviation to climate change, according to a leading environmental organisation.
Friends of the Earth (FoE) has called on MEPs to support a vote today (November 13th) that will strengthen EU proposals to tackle the growth in aviation''s impact on climate change.
Along with other groups, FoE is advocating a series of measures including an emissions cap of 50 per cent of average carbon emissions from 2004 to 2006, keeping in line with EU limits on other industry sectors.
Richard Dyer, FoE''s aviation campaigner, said: "Aviation is the fastest growing source of carbon dioxide emissions in Europe. This vote is a crucial test of the European Parliament''s commitment to tackling climate change.
"The UK government must also take action on air travel. Britain must include international aviation emissions in its proposals for a new law to cut carbon dioxide emissions," he added.
The vote comes in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference which is set to take place in Bali in early December.