Labour calls for a ban on PRIVATE JETS by 2025 over their impact on climate change | Daily Mail Online

Labour today backed a plan to ban private jets from UK airports in just six years time if it wins the election, in its latest attack on the super-rich.

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald accused billionaires of being allowed to ‘trash the climate’ and leave the less well off to suffer the consequences.

He backed a report from a left-leaning think tank which said private aircraft running on fossil fuels should be banned by 2025.

The report by Common Wealth says the average European private jet journey generates ’10 times as much greenhouse gasses’ as the equivalent economy class scheduled flight and ‘roughly 150 times’ more than a high-speed train. 

It also claims that the move would spur research and development into cleaner electric flying machines. 

Mr McDonald said: ‘This report makes a very convincing argument. 

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald accused global billionaires of being allowed to ‘trash the climate’ and leave the less well off to suffer the consequences

He backed a report from a left-leaning think tank which said private aircraft should be banned by 2025 and eventually replaced with electric planes

‘Why is the government enabling billionaires to trash the climate when it’s the rest of us who will suffer the consequences?’

‘Climate targets cannot be met without curbing pollution from air travel, and a passenger on a private jet produces ten times the emissions of someone on a regular flight. This simply cannot be ignored.

‘In just a few years’ time it will be possible for these journeys to be made by electric aircraft – so long as government puts in place the right incentives. 

Labour will examine these proposals closely and consult with industry on the introduction of a phase out date for the use of fossil fuel private jets.’

Labour has made green issues a central plank of its campaign ahead of the December 12 election. 

Today’s report, Jet, Set, Go, was co-produced by environmental pressure group Fellow Travellers.

It claims there were There were 128,000 private jet flights between UK and European airports in 2018, representing 6 per cent of total UK air traffic.

There were also a further 14,000 flights to non-European destinations.

‘Our new market analysis finds that as many as four out of five private jet journeys within Europe today are over distances that could in theory be completed by small fully electric aircraft currently in commercial development for market entry by the mid 2020s,’ it found.

‘We contend that fossil fueled private jets represent the nadir of carbon inequality and their persistent use in the context of the escalating climate crisis can no longer be justified, particularly in light of the social effects of these flights.’

Labour calls for a ban on PRIVATE JETS by 2025 over their impact on climate change

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