In July this year, the Environmental Audit Committee launched an inquiry into the environmental impacts of travel and tourism, and how these can be reduced.
AEF submitted written evidence to the inquiry, highlighting that a significant proportion of tourism’s environmental impact is related to air travel. Recent data from IATA indicated that British people make more international trips by air than people of any other nationality, we highlight in our response, whilst the Government predicts that air travel in the UK will grow by around 49% between now and 2050.
Given the limited in-sector opportunities to reduce aircraft emissions and noise between now and 2050, the Government should plan for a significantly lower level of aviation demand, we argue, and introduce demand management policies to ensure this objective is met. A UK tourism strategy needs to be compatible with reducing emissions from the aviation sector.
The key points made in our response are:
Our full response to the consultation, which closed in September, is available here.
With Parliament soon to be dissolved in advance of the general election on 12th December, the work of select committees, including this inquiry, will be suspended. Once a new committee is appointed after the election, the inquiry may relaunch.