The first issues to cover are the current views of LCAs, full service airlines, environmental lobby groups and the UK Government policy.
Low Cost Airlines have been sceptical of the criticism given to the industry suggesting that aviation is a major cause of climate change. For example, Easyjet, in 2006, described the view that global flights are adversely affecting the environment as Ð²Ð‚Ñšhysterical persecutionÐ²Ð‚Ñœ (Cheapflights, 2006). Andy Harrison, Chief Executive of Easyjet also added that the European CommissionÐ²Ð‚â„¢s own information on aviation impact shows that Ð²Ð‚Ñštoo much of the debate has been based upon inaccurate and one-sided informationÐ²Ð‚Ñœ.
More recently Easyjet have stated on their website that despite aviation causing only 1.6% of global greenhouse gas emissions, they Ð²Ð‚Ñšstill take their responsibility very seriouslyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ (Easyjet, 2006) with a number of examples of how the company is helping to protect the environment including newer, more environmentally friendly planes and offering carbon offsetting.
The previous Environment Minister Ian Pearson described Ryanair as the Ð²Ð‚Ñširresponsible face of capitalismÐ²Ð‚Ñœ (Cheapflights, 2007) after the company opposed plans to include airlines in an EU carbon trading scheme whereby CO2 emissions are to be cut by 60% by 2050. Ryanair chief executive, Michael OÐ²Ð‚â„¢Leary retaliated saying the Environment... [continues]
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