BRUSSELS: Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, airline CO2 emissions on intra-European flights dropped 64 percent overall last year, according to new EU data analysed by watchdog Transport & Environment (T&E).
The largest individual reductions were Jet2.com (-80 percent and emissions of 0.3 Mt), followed by Norwegian (-79 percent/0.6 Mt) and TUI (-79 percent /0.4 Mt).
Reflecting the world’s subsequent reliance on air cargo to deliver medical equipment, DHL emissions throughout Europe rose one percent to one million tonnes of CO2 during the year.
In June the European Commission will propose a law requiring airlines to use green fuels. It will also say whether the EU carbon market should be reformed and extended to all flights entering and exiting Europe. Currently, airlines only have to buy EU pollution permits for emissions on flights within the European Economic Area and also benefit from free emission permits.
T&E aviation manager Jo Dardenne commented: “There’s no reason to return to peak pollution after the pandemic. Airlines can build back better by starting to use green fuels and paying for all their pollution, and the EU should require them to do so.”
Lufthansa Cargo and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo have already begun using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blended with aviation kerosene on their respective networks.
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