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France: Ban on domestic short-haul flights

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Source: IE

France has implemented a ban on domestic short-haul flights that can be replaced by train journeys of up to two-and-a-half hours, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. However, critics argue that the ban may lead to an increase in car usage, negating the environmental benefits.

While air transport contributes only about 2% of global CO2 emissions, it is a concern due to its rapid growth and the fact that emissions from international flights are not attributed to any specific country.

 

In 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) established the CORSIA offset mechanism to compensate for any emission increases beyond 2020 levels by investing in carbon-saving projects.

 

Usage: The example can be used in Environment/ Essay paper to argue carbon emission mitigation strategies.