Bid to bring in €180 business class tax to pay for climate change
Air travellers may face a new tax to counteract climate change if two leading French economists get their way.
They want levies imposed on business class tickets to the tune of €180, and €20 on economy class travel, to build up €150 billion towards adaptations required to battle the droughts, flooding and sea-level rises that will result from climate change.
Economists Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel have put forward such a proposal as a way of addressing the inequalities between the high-polluting areas and the victims, reports the Guardian.
Chancel told Climate Home that taxing flights was one way of focusing on high-emitting lifestyles, especially if the business class levy paid most of it.
He said that air ticket taxes were used to develop programmes in a number of countries and what they were suggesting was to increase and generalise it.