After officially declaring climate emergency, the Scottish government has abandoned its plans to cut aviation taxes.
Cutting air passenger taxes would be incompatible with Scotland’s new pledge to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2045 as it would make those targets considerably harder to achieve.
Reducing aviation tax would increase CO2 emissions from Scotland by an estimated 60,000 tonnes before including the emissions that would occur from an increase in flying that the tax-cut hoped to result in.
The Scottish government’s turnaround in legislation highlights the need for others to prioritise actions that will reduce CO2 emissions.
The decision also demonstrates the speed at which governments are able to make changes that are beneficial to the environment. Could this suggest there will be continued legislation toward helping governments meet net-zero targets?
Worldwide, flights produced 859 million tonnes of CO2 annually. Could other governments follow the actions of Scotland to highlight the cost of aviation to the environment?