Research shows aviation growth will wreck climate targets

Stavros Dimas, EU Commissioner, welcomes the research from Friends of the Earth

New research shows that carbon dioxide emissions from aviation will rise rapidly between now and 2050.

This will threaten policies designed to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

The Tyndall Centre's research looked how aviation growth will affect climate change policies and the UK economy. The Tyndall Centre is the UK's leading independent climate change research body.

If aviation growth continues, it could take up the entire EU and UK emissions "budgets" by 2040.

This report demonstrates severe consequences for both the UK and the EU in terms of meeting their obligations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The Tyndall report

The research was welcomed by Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner for Environment, when presented to him by campaigners in Brussels.

This was followed by a briefing attended by MPs, civil servants and industry representatives in Westminster.

This excellent piece of research builds on the work the EAC did on this issue last year. We cannot allow the aviation sector to destroy our efforts to stop climate change and I will be calling on Alistair Darling to justify the Government's inconsistency on this issue.

Peter Ainsworth MP (Chair of Environment Audit Committee)

Friends of the Earth believes that forecast growth in the aviation industry will make it virtually impossible for the Government to meet its 60% CO2 reduction target by 2050.

Friends of the Earth demands that the Government:

  • Withdraws the Aviation White Paper.
  • Introduces targets for aviation to keep CO2 emissions at a safer level.
  • Introduces economic measures to bring the demand for air travel under control.


  • The full report
    (PDF† 6.4MB June 2005)
    New research by the independent Tyndall climate change research centre shows how aviation growth could wreck UK and EU policies to tackle climate change.

  • Summary
    (PDF† 3.3MB June 2005)
    An 8 page summary of the full report.