– As stated in the government’s green roadmap, next year we will address the green transition of the aviation industry, Paulin says in a written comment.
The Radicals, the Socialist People’s Party and the Unity List are pushing. It’s high time to get started. The parties have put forward proposals that are quite different.
The Radicals will introduce what the party’s climate spokesman, Rasmus Helveg Petersen, calls a climate contribution. It will only go to a fund that the industry can use to purchase and develop green aviation fuel.
– People want to pay for the CO2 that they emit themselves. I think they think it is reasonable that 100 kroner is spent on a short flight ticket for research and development of green aviation fuels, says Rasmus Helveg Petersen.
SF proposes that the majority of the money from an airfare should go to general green conversion in society. It can be setting up charging stations and electric ferries.
The Unity List has a proposal that is generally similar to the proposal from SF. The party points out that the price will increase the more one flies and the charge must be higher for first class passengers.
The government is listening – but waiting.
– We do not reject any ideas or models in advance. The crucial thing for us is to make an agreement that best supports the transformation of the industry, says Anne Paulin.
The Conservatives, like the government, will wait.
– We are sitting and waiting for the green tax reform expert group. We are one month from receiving a feedback. For us, it makes no sense to discuss taxes on planes or anything else before we have the work that we ourselves have been part of starting, says the Conservatives’ Mona Juul.
For the Conservatives, the starting point is that a tax must not increase the overall tax burden.
The party wants taxes on the polluter, but it then requires savings elsewhere.
– I agree that very many countries around us have some form of tax on air travel. But we do not have a uniform tax in the EU, and I think that would be wise, says Mona Juul.
The party believes it could harm competitiveness.
The Radicals cannot follow that argument at all.
– It surprises me a little. Of course, we must not hold back. Of course we have to invest in this. People who say we have to hold back must show me another way so we can do this, says Rasmus Helveg Petersen.
There are airfare charges in many European countries, but the size varies greatly from country to country.
Source: The Nordic Page