Private jets in France and the United Kingdom will increase carbon dioxide2 Emissions in 20 other European countries. The two countries account for 40% of private aircraft emissions across the continent. As many as 6 of the 10 most polluted private airlines in Europe depart or arrive in London.
The European NGO for Transport and the Environment (T&E) wrote in the report that emissions from private jets increased by 31 percent between 2005 and 2019. It also calculated that a 4-hour flight on a private jet produced more carbon dioxide.2 Emissions from the average person per year.
The NGO also describes how emissions in the private sector increase faster than commercial flights. Private jets are on average 10 times more carbon dense than other planes and 50 times more polluting than trains.
Despite the climate impact of private jets, they are not subject to tax in most European countries due to exemptions and non-taxable kerosene. T&E calculates that the tax on aviation fuel could generate € 325 million if applied to all flights departing from the European Union and the United Kingdom. This revenue can be used to decarbonize the aviation sector.
“Traveling with a private jet is probably the worst thing you can do for the environment,” said Andrew Murphy, airline director at T&E. “However, the super-rich pollutants are flying out as if there is no climate crisis.”
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