Climate campaigners reinforce call to scrap plans to cut Air Passenger Duty

29 July 2016

Responding to the publication of responses to the Scottish Government consultation to replace Air Passenger Duty (APD) [1]  Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:

“This should be the final nail in the coffin for the Scottish Government’s proposals to cut Air Passenger Duty. With a majority of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament already against the policy, now the public consultation shows a majority against the policy too.  

“Air travel is responsible for 13 per cent of Scotland’s transport emissions, despite the fact that half of the population do not fly in any given year. It’s the highest emitter of carbon dioxide per passenger kilometre and the only sector where emissions have risen significantly over the past 20 years.

“At a time of austerity cuts and whilst funding is urgently needed to support Scotland’s low carbon future, this money giveaway for already undertaxed airlines is the last thing Scotland can afford.

 

ENDS

 

 

Notes to Editors

[1] Analysis of responses to Scottish Government APD consultation

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Government/Finance/scottishapproach/airpassengerduty

[2]  SCCS response to APD consultation

https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/fiscal-responsibility/air-passenger-duty/user_uploads/apd-policy-consultation---analysis-of-responses.pdf

[3]  The Scottish Government’s own analysis of the consultation responses shows that 83% of respondents commenting on the proposed reduction in APD objected or raised concerns around the potential impact of the policy. (Paragraph 2.3, page 6)

https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/fiscal-responsibility/air-passenger-duty/user_uploads/apd-policy-consultation---analysis-of-responses.pdf

[4]  According to the Scottish Government’s own environmental analysis of the consultation responses:

“The majority of the 161 respondents to both consultations raised some form of environmental concern or objection to the Scottish Government’s plans to reduce an APD replacement tax by 50% by the end of the current session of the Scottish Parliament and to abolish it entirely when resources allow.”

https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/fiscal-responsibility/air-passenger-duty/user_uploads/sea-screening-and-scoping-report-consultation---analysis-of-responses.pdf

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