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Predict and Decide: The Potential of Economic Policy to Address the Effect of Aviation Trends on Climate Change


Citation Cairns, S. and Newson, C. Predict and Decide: The Potential of Economic Policy to Address the Effect of Aviation Trends on Climate Change. UKERC. 2005.
Author(s) Cairns, S. and Newson, C.
Publisher UKERC
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UKERC Report Number UKERC/WP/DR/2005/006
Abstract

This paper argues that reducing the impacts of aviation should be treated as a priority by those interested in averting climate change, and that the scale of reduction needed can only be achieved through demand restraint i.e. discouraging people from flying. Economic policy potentially has a key role to play in this process. The UK Government has the power to introduce a number of economic measures to complement the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, and these measures probably offer the best hope of starting to restrain demand in the immediate future.