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Airlines withdraw from UK emissions plan after passenger duty increase

Forbes|December 10, 2006
United Kingdom (UK)GeneralPollution

LONDON (AFX) - British Airways PLC, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet PLC have pulled out of the UK government's carbon emission reduction scheme after Chancellor Gordon Brown doubled air passenger duty, The Independent on Sunday newspaper reported. The rise in the duty -- from 5 stg to 10 stg for standard class passengers on European flights, from 10 stg to 20 stg for business or premium classes in Europe, and from 40 stg to 80 stg for passengers flying to other destinations -- was announced by Brown in his pre-budget report last week.


LONDON (AFX) - British Airways PLC, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet PLC have pulled out of the UK government's carbon emission reduction scheme after Chancellor Gordon Brown doubled air passenger duty, The Independent on Sunday newspaper reported.

The rise in the duty -- from 5 stg to 10 stg for standard class passengers on European flights, from 10 stg to 20 stg for business or premium classes in Europe, and from 40 stg to 80 stg for passengers flying to other destinations -- was announced by Brown in his pre-budget report last week.

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been forced to cancel tomorrow's planned launch of a consultation for the scheme, the newpaper said, quoting a Defra spokesman.

Defra wants to introduce a voluntary code for business, under which companies will offset their carbon emissions by investing in clean energy projects such as wind farms, the article said.


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