The Liberal Democrats say they want to introduce a frequent flyer tax by reforming passenger requirements to reach most frequent flyers.
The Liberal Democrats have put carbon pricing and a frequent flyer tax at the center of their plans to tackle climate change weeks before the UK hosts the COP26 climate summit.
The party says it recognizes that increasing the cost of fossil fuel use through carbon taxes, emissions trading schemes or other pricing instruments must play an important role in decarbonising the UK economy as soon as possible.
It says it wants to use carbon pricing policies to target the biggest polluters and the activities that are the fastest to reduce emissions in a way that is fair to individuals and businesses. Their suggestions for carbon pricing made it easier to get overwhelming support at the conference.
Lord Oates, spokesman for the energy and climate change party, said the carbon pricing plan is a plan for the effective and rapid decarbonisation of the UK economy that focuses on a number of key principles.
He said: “Firstly, ensure that the burdens of decarbonization are shared fairly; secondly, the biggest polluters are targeted and the activities that can be most rapidly reduced in emissions are targeted.
“Third, provide support and incentives for small emitters such as households to reduce their emissions before carbon prices are applied to their energy bills. Fourth, integrate carbon pricing with regulation, subsidies and information to get faster and better results than taxation alone could achieve. ‘
Policy proposals included in the motion include plans to limit flight demand growth by ensuring that there is no net increase in the runways of UK airports and flights where direct rail service is available for the same trip prohibit up to 2.5 hours unless the aircraft are running on alternative fuels.
Also included is a frequent flyer levy plan through the passenger tax reform to target most frequent flyers and introduce VAT on first class and business travel.
The party also presented detailed plans to strengthen and improve the efficiency of the UK emissions trading system. The system limits the total amount of CO2 emissions allowed, and companies that are subject to an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) must purchase a “permit” or “allowance” for each unit of their emissions. That means there is a price for every unit of emissions, and the idea is that the cost of the emissions should encourage companies to reduce their overall emissions.
The Liberal Democrats say they want to increase the price of allowances in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme by reducing their number and increasing the auction reserve price, thereby increasing the incentive for large emitters to reduce emissions.
Basit Mahmood is Associate Editor of Left Foot Forward
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