5-speed listening (Climate Change Targets - Level 2)

Airlines miss most of their climate change targets






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A report says UK airlines have missed all their climate change targets, except one. The industry has set more than 50 climate targets since the year 2000. These included using greener fuels and making fuel more efficient. The climate group Possible said the airline industry has failed to reduce its carbon footprint. A spokesperson told the BBC: "Companies set grand-sounding targets with a lot of fanfare.…They talk about them for a couple of years. Then the targets sink without trace, never to be seen again." Possible said the industry's climate record was very "poor".

The airline industry creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It is responsible for seven per cent of the UK's emissions. Possible said the UK's goal to be net zero by 2050 "can't be met without every sector of the economy pulling its weight". Possible wants frequent fliers to pay more. Over 70 per cent of flights in the U.K. are made by just 15 per cent of residents. Possible also wants rail or ferries to be cheaper and easier to use. The airline EasyJet was the only company to meet a target. It cut the amount of fuel an airplane burns per passenger by three per cent.

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