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Air ticket charge approved but concerns remain over lack of environmental incentives

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The German cabinet has approved the country’s proposed air ticket charge. Environmental groups have described it as ‘a step in the right direction’ but have criticised the fact that it is a flat tax that is not differentiated for environmental impact.

Analysis: Aviation and Shipping Emissions after Copenhagen

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The outcome of the Copenhagen summit proved extremely disappointing as regards international aviation and shipping emissions. Although more discussion amongst countries on bunker fuels at the UNFCCC occurred in the past three months than during the last ten years, it proved impossible to bridge the continuing differences.

Is emissions trading reducing appeal of ‘green taxes’?

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The idea of ‘green taxation’ appears to be losing
popularity, and the growing appeal of emissions trading may be responsible. The EU’s statistical office Eurostat says green taxes measured as a proportion of GDP fell to an eight-year low of
2.5% in 2007, with taxation on transport accounting for just a quarter of that.

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