European Countries like Austria, France, Ireland and the Netherlands have called on the European Union to toughen laws to curb the impact of private jet travel on the climate, according to an official document.
The countries are home to some of the busiest airports in Europe, including Amsterdam’s Schiphol and Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
Schiphol said in April it will ban private jets and small business aviation, which the airport said causes 20 times more CO2 emissions than a commercial flight. while France has just banned certain short-haul commercial domestic flights on routes where sufficient train services are available.
In a document shared with EU countries ahead of a meeting of their transport ministers, the four countries said the “excessive” per capita carbon footprint of private jet travel should spur the bloc to act.
“We believe that greater attention must be drawn to this issue at EU level, especially by assessing the possibility of setting up stronger regulatory measures on private jet travel to make sure that everyone contributes their fair share to the overall decarbonization effort,” said the document