Government Considers Adding a "Carbon Charge" to Flight Tickets

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Department for Transport is edging towards suggesting we pay an eco tax on our hard-paid-for international holidays, with a consultation offering up the idea that a carbon-offsetting fee could be added to the cost of every plane ticket.

If this potential price rise doesn't actually stop anyone flying that's fine, as the money could be sent away to fund environmental projects like the planting of a few hundred trees or the rewilding of a former Maplins to help repair the damage done to the atmosphere by smashing through it on an aeroplane to warmer, naked-er climes, for 10 days of glorious intermittent mobile coverage, photogenic local foods, funny road signs and chocolate bars called things like ARSCHÉ BISCUITS.

The charge would be calculated using distance travelled and fuel efficiency of airline, adding a smaller fee to flights taken on newer and more efficient planes. And should it work out, the plan could be expanded to cover rail, bus and ferry tickets too; although to fend off a bloody revolution historians will say was triggered by one man throwing down his rucksack in a rage at the ticket machines of Euston station, the idea would be to introduce any such carbon-offsetting fee on a voluntary, opt-out basis at first.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: "An offsetting scheme could help inform travellers about how much carbon their journey produces and provide the opportunity to fund schemes, like tree planting, to compensate for those emissions." [The Times]