Going green will mean up to £40 extra on a return flight
Wahoo! Soon you'll be able to jaunt around the globe in futuristic aircraft without the guilt that you're piledriving the environment into dust. That guilt-free conscience will come at a price, of course - nearly £40 per longhaul flight. And that's before the flying saucer plane-things are even built! Curse this planet's fragility!
The aviation industry has decided if it doesn't make a vaguely honest commitment to reduce carbon emissions, then they'll be subjected to further taxation as dictated by politicians and demanded by environmental groups. Hoping that setting ambitious goals will kick-start manufacturers and airlines into developing green technology, top BA dog Willie "The Winkle" Walsh is to announce an agreement between airlines, airports and aircraft companies to cut emissions to 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2050, and make the industry carbon neutral by 2020.
That sounds all very wonderful, but there are a couple of concerns for passengers, both involving their wallets. To achieve the cuts, not only is there a need for airlines to develop new technology, but for the industry to create a global carbon trading scheme. The scheme will cost the industry an additional £3bn per year to create and run. Who foots this bill? Who do you think? It'll mean an extra €9 on a return short-haul flight and €40 for your long-distance return ticket.
And what about the miracle green technology that'll see no cut in service but a reduction in carbon? The airline industry thinks the State should invest in the development. Yes, that's you again.Whether you fly on the resulting wunderplanes or not, you'll be paying for them. If you do jet off, you'll pay twice. The cynic would suggest going carbon neutral is merely about saving profits, rather than the planet.