Airline boss urges responsibility on climate

British Airways chief Rod Eddington has called on the global aviation industry to cut its climate change impacts or risk governments imposing new taxes. Speaking in Geneva, Mr Eddington said his company supported emissions trading as "the most economically and environmentally effective" way forward. Not all airlines support this view (EED 21/01/05). Only if the industry defines and promotes such a response will it avoid "damaging and punitive" tax proposals, such as French president Jacques Chirac's call for an aviation tax to help fund African development, he said (EED 18/02/05). See press release.

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