Denmark moves to green aviation

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By: visas / March 5, 2023

Denmark’s government has proposed the introduction of a special tax for air passengers to help finance its migration to a green domestic airline industry.

With the expectation of generating about DKK1,2 billion (R3,3bn) annually, the Danish government hopes to use half to finance enough sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) for all domestic flight to be 100% sustainable by 2030.

Green technologies such as power-to-X, hydrogen and biofuels will be eligible for state support.

The remaining half of the proceeds will go toward supporting the elderly, reports

Under the proposal, the passenger tax will gradually be phased in from 2025 to 2030, at US$9 (R169) for intra-European flights, $34 (R640) for medium-distance flights, and $56 (R1 053) for long-distance flights.

“Flying takes a toll on the climate, which is why we need to equip our flight sector with green wings,” Denmark’s Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities Lars Aagaard said in a statement. “The flight sector in Denmark must — as all other sectors — lower its carbon footprint and get on board a green future. We will create that change and make green flights our reality.”

The Danish government aims to have the first 100% green domestic route operational by 2025.

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