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Analysis: Aviation Industry Coronavirus Bailouts Contradict Governments' Climate Commitments

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Is the chance for a green recovery flying by?

Despite governments around the world claiming they want to support low-carbon industries in the wake of COVID-19, many have prioritised airlines and plane manufacturers for bailouts with no green strings attached — giving or lending money to some of the world’s biggest polluters.

Bank of England COVID Bailouts for Airlines the ‘Antithesis’ of a Green Recovery — Report

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The Bank of England’s emergency bailout scheme is “inconsistent” with the government’s pledge to ‘build back better’ towards a fairer and greener economy, a new report argues, calling for strings to be attached to central bank bailouts for airlines and other large companies.

The COVID Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) is an emergency facility implemented by the Bank of England on behalf of the Treasury in response to the economic fallout of Covid-19. Campaign group Positive Money has said the scheme as it stands is the very opposite of the kind of green recovery package the government should be implementing.

Aviation Industry Efforts to Weaken Climate Obligations Could Lead to More Stringent Regulation

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The UN's aviation agency is this week expected to approve a rule change that would weaken the industry's obligation to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. But the decision could ultimately lead to the EU implementing more stringent requirements on aviation emissions, MEPs and campaigners say.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is considering a proposal to change the baseline of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), in a move that will further weaken a policy already considered by many to be not fit for purpose. The change would in effect remove the obligation for airlines to offset any emissions under the scheme for up to five or six years according to several analyses. 

Aviation Industry Decision to Weaken Climate Plan Could Break Own Rules

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Countries attending the UN’s aviation body meeting this week look set to weaken the only international policy to address the climate impact of aircraft. But the way the decision is being made could be in violation of the organisation’s own rules.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has for decades been responsible for addressing the rising climate impact of international aviation, and agreed the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) in 2016. 

70,000 Aviation Job Losses Show Government Needs to Support Workers’ Low Carbon Transition — Report

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British airways plane

It is “highly likely” that a proportion of upcoming job losses in the aviation industry will be permanent in the long term, a new report says.

Job losses in the aviation sector and its supply chain will likely top 70,000 in the next two to three months due to COVID-19 health measures, says the analysis; larger than the job losses seen at the peak of the UK coal industry’s decline 1980-81.

Workers and Climate Must Be Priority in Aviation Industry Bailouts, Campaigners Say

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Aviation protest

Any public money used to bailout airlines must ensure that workers and the climate are put first, says an open letter backed by over 250 organisations in 25 countries.

The campaign, launched yesterday by the Stay Grounded network, is urging governments to avoid rushing into bailouts which lack social and environmental conditions or proper protection for workers.

‘No Time for Requirements’: Aviation Industry Lobbying Against Green Strings in Coronavirus Bailouts

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Plane taking off

Aviation has been one of the sectors worst hit by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. With revenues expected to drop by 44 percent this year, many airlines will go bankrupt without government aid, airline trade body the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned.

Across the world, the industry is now asking for huge sums of government money to help it get through. IATA says $200 billion is needed globally. Many consider bailouts of some kind are essential to support those working in the airline industry and avoid throwing them into economic insecurity. 

Comment: Yes, Scientists Say we Need to Plant Trees and Eat Less Meat ⁠— But Not as a Replacement for Cutting Fossil Fuels

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Timber in New Zealand

After a three year wait, the UN’s official scientific advisory panel’s verdict on land and climate is here. The report is about as glum as you might have come to expect from a body tasked with documenting humanity’s ongoing descent into climate-induced havoc.

The UN is right to highlight the crucial importance of land in both causing and curbing climate change — it has been neglected for far too long. In particular, the report’s conclusions on just how much our current food system threatens the climate, as well as how much climate impacts threaten our food supply, need a huge and sustained conversation.

Chief of Government Climate Advisor Cleared of Wrongdoing by House of Lords

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Tory peer John Gummer, chair of the government’s official climate advisors, was this week cleared of accusations of misconduct by a House of Lords independent watchdog.

Gummer, also known as Lord Deben and head the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), was accused of failing to properly register the commercial activities of environmental consultancy Sancroft, which he chairs. The claims also said he had failed to declare the company’s clients when talking in debates in the Lords.

But the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, on Monday dismissed the claims.

Big Polluters Hijack Shipping Talks to Slow Decarbonisation Progress

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Extinction Rebellion International Maritime Organisation protest

UN shipping talks stalled last week as slow-moving players, including Saudi Arabia, Brazil and the US, obstructed attempts to decide how the sector should begin to decarbonise.

The negotiations, which took place at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), are part of a global process on how to cut shipping’s large and growing emissions.