Alex Meredith

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Offsetting is not everyone’s preferred form of environmental action.   But when you run the biggest mechanism for generating offsets on the planet, you think you might have bought in. Not so. The UN operates (through the UNFCCC) the largest and most successful offsetting mechanism known as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).  It allows developed world emitters to invest in developing world clean technology projects. This has two positives – reducing the… Read More

Airlines Fleece Passengers for Non-Existent Carbon Payments Last year the EU Commission headed off a major trade dispute by delaying the inclusion of some flights in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The aviation sector celebrated, as did many consumers and business travellers as the inclusion of aviation in the ETS was credited with increasing airline ticket prices.  Some predictions suggested ETS compliance would add £80 to a family holiday to the US…. Read More

Air travel makes the world smaller – connecting businesses and allowing individuals to travel the world – adding to GDP as well as bringing pleasure into people’s lives. But  jet engines don’t run on thin air. Aviation emissions currently account for approximately 2% of total CO2 emissions with significant aviation demand growth expected in the short and medium term, particularly in Middle East and Asia. The World Economic Forum calculates that CO2… Read More