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Press release
29 Mar 2021

Lufthansa, BA, Air France were Europe’s most polluting airlines pre-Covid

Joint press release by Carbon Market Watch and Transport&Environment BRUSSELS 29 March 2021. Three of the biggest recipients of airline bailouts – Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France – were the three biggest European airline emitters before the pandemic grounded flights, official data shows.[1] It is the first time ever that the total emissions of…

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Opinion
By Agnese Ruggiero, Gilles Dufrasne on 25 Nov 2020

EU carbon market report underlines the need to end pollution handouts

While the EU carbon market is helping to clean up Europe’s power sector, industrial CO2 pollution remained stubbornly high, and that from aviation kept growing in 2019. This is partly due to overly generous handouts of pollution permits. These subsidies must be phased out to incentivise cleaner production and more sustainable transport as the scheme…

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Opinion
28 Oct 2020

“Offsetting must not be a license to continue polluting”

We joined the World Press Clubs Alliance for Climate launch event on Friday 23 October. Watch the interview with Sabine Frank here. Companies and governments are announcing “climate-neutrality” targets, and consumers are being offered ways to offset their carbon footprint. What does this mean in practice? How can we distinguish between real climate action and…

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Opinion
By Gilles Dufrasne on 1 Jul 2020

Airlines’ golden (corona) life jacket makes a mockery of the green recovery

It’s been a rough few months for the aviation sector around the world, as most aircraft have not left the tarmac and major airlines are losing millions every day. But the industry has used the situation very effectively to push governments to weaken climate policies. The same governments are handing out multi-billion euro bailout packages,…

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Opinion
By Kaisa Amaral on 14 May 2020

Lead EU lawmaker’s strong call for climate action

4 key takeaways from MEP Guteland’s draft EU Climate Law report The lawmaker in charge of the EU Climate Law at the European Parliament proposes that the EU adopts a 65% emission target for 2030 and carbon budgets in line with the latest scientific data. She also calls on all EU governments to endorse the…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 30 Apr 2020

Airline bailouts set to double to €26bn as countries fail to impose binding green conditions 

By Carbon Market Watch, Greenpeace, Transport & Environment BRUSSELS 30 April 2020 Airline polluters are now seeking more than €26 billion in taxpayers’ money – double the amount of just a week ago – according to the European airline bailout tracker compiled by Carbon Market Watch, Greenpeace and Transport & Environment. Governments have agreed €11.5 billion…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 22 Apr 2020

Polluting European airlines seek €12.8 bn (and counting) in bailouts

Updated at 14:20 on 22 April to change TUI Germany to TUI Group Greenpeace, Transport & Environment, and Carbon Market Watch launch airline bailout tracker Brussels, 22 April 2020 – European airlines – some of the European Union’s biggest polluters – have sought an unprecedented €12.8 billion in government bailouts since the beginning of the…

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