So far just which country is responsible for the carbon emissions
from a person’s flight has been put in the too hard basket. It’s
resulted in the depressing situation that no country is required to
include international air travel emissions in their national carbon
budget. This is despite international aviation being over 2% of global
GHG emissions and growing.
Now that flying has drastically reduced – we have an opportunity to fix this. This is the time to work out a consistent and fair way to include international air travel in the global greenhouse gas emissions footprint of each country. We can’t truly mitigate climate change until we do.
Here’s a interesting piece by transport carbon footprint researcher Dr Inga Smith, at the University of Otago.
10th April, Resilient, ODT A glimpse of aviations future. By Inga Smith