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‘Aviation mafia in the Netherlands’

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By: Bert Wagendorp 2 December 2017 (Wagendorp is a prominent news columnist in de Volkskrant, a leading Dutch newspaper, WL – translation Wouter Looman, UECNA; link to the Dutch article) Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Van Nieuwenhuizen received a thick report yesterday from the ‘Residents Delegation connection routes Lelystad Airport‘. It stated that the

Flying is too cheap…

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Now you can fly from Amsterdam to Malaga and return for € 56 *. This means € 0.015 per kilometre! Isn’t that cheap? We think it’s too cheap! Wouldn’t it be time to set a minimum price per kilometre? To counteract all these unnecessary attacks on health and environment? What do you think? We can

Airbus able to downgrade EU rules

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Transport&Environment on her website: Emails show Airbus writes aircraft CO2 rules; Commission, France, Germany and Spain complicit. This shows once more the importance of independent monitoring by ngo’s!

Aviation will burn through world’s CO2 budget

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If the aviation industry is allowed to continue growing as it does now, by 2070 the travel sector alone emits more CO2 than the rest of the world. And then the sector also consumes all ‘CO2 space’ on its own for the entire world. According to Paul Peeters, who recently obtained his doctorate on a

New residents around Schiphol are silenced

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IJburg-like locations will also be developed in the western part of Amsterdam In the coming years, a few hundred thousand houses have to be built in the area around Schiphol Airport. With the current legislation this is impossible and citizens have to be silenced. The aviation sector and local governments have sought opportunities to solve

France is blocking environment policy

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Environmental impact of aircraft: France is blocking progress France Nature Environnement (FNE) and Transport et Environment (T&E) two most important environmental NGOs and UECNA,  sole NGO whose aim is the protection of citizens suffering from aircraft pollution at European level, have impressed upon the French Ministry of Transports, Ms Elisabeth Borne. The EC has the

‘Being Schipholed’

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In Dutch media we see a large stream of negative articles concerning Schiphol Airport. Politicians are not amused. State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment is having the environmental impact assessment (MER) of Schiphol Airport re-examined; read the article on nltimes. A leading newspaper opens today with:   ‘GeSchiphold’ means ‘being Schipholed’: a phrase

Biofuels no solution for aviation sustainability

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The ICAO plan for aviation biofuels targets was rejected by 25 member countries, reported Transport + Environment on October 14. Earlier T+E stated that ICAO’s ‘green fuel’ plan is  a Trojan horse for palm oil. ‘Aviation is responsible for 5% of man-made climate change; the sector currently emits around 2.3% of annual global CO2 emissions.

Good aviation news from EU Parliament

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Andrew Murphy from T+E, with who UECNA cooperates closely on aviation issues, reports a positive outcome on the aviation ETS vote in the EU Parliament today. ‘This is a big boost for Europe’s right to regulate its aviation emissions, and so opens the doors to a lot more.’ To summarise the highlights: An annually declining

Milestones & Celebrations…

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The aviation sector is talking about ‘Monthly Records!’, ‘Milestones’ and ‘Celebrations’. We are not so happy…