Members of Parliament pay for the air they pollute

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Britain has announced a plan that promotes the use of clean energies in developing countries. The originality of this initiative lies in its financing: whenever a minister or a government official flight, his ministry will have to pay a fee. This new plan will be in action next month with at least three ministries participants, the "Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FCO) and the" Department for International Development "( DFID). These ministries are those whose employees travel most. They could fund this fund has up to 500.000 books each year. An independent body will be responsible for calculating the amount due to each trip based on the number of kilometers traveled and altitude.

Indeed, the scientific community agrees is that a service aircraft pollute more at high altitude has low altitude. This funding will be used for projects such as solar ovens in India or the improvement of the insulation system in homes in South Africa. The ecologists are satisfied with a measure that aims responsible with respect to emission of CO2.

The "Department for Transport" (DfT) is not now officially part of the new plan. Some senior officials of the British administration did not wish to draw attention to the role of transport in the Climate Change since the emission from cars and airplanes increase.

DEFRA hope however to engage the DfT at the earliest. John Gummer, former Conservative Minister for the Environment, stated the excellent and innovative idea, however this should not, in his view, hide the increase in the aviation sector emission and governmental inaction around this problem.



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