The French parliament passed a bill banning domestic flights to the destination by train within 2.5 hours. The law must contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but the most polluting flights still cannot avoid harm. Therefore, critics question the validity of the law.
France hopes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990. According to the new law, flights from Paris to places such as Bordeaux and Lyon have become history.
President Macron said Citizens Climate Convention in life, One group From 150 randomly selected French people, they had to make suggestions on how to achieve their climate goals. They proposed a flight to the destination by the high-speed rail in less than four hours. That suggestion was not realized. Then reduce these four hours to 2.5 hours.
According to Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Secretary of State for Transportation, this is done because otherwise certain areas (for example, the center of the plot) will become isolated. “Maintaining the four-hour limit would violate equality between territories”, Say Jebari about this.
If we maintain this limit, we will reduce emissions by 33%.
KLM France also violated the four-hour limit. Air France must agree to reduce flight time by 2.5 hours in exchange for 7 billion euros in state aid last year. This promise has not been fulfilled (for example, it is still possible to fly from Paris to Lyon), but by making it into law, Air France-KLM’s competitors must also comply with the promise.
Critics believe that the reduction to 2.5 hours eroded the plan.This is the vision of Greenpeace A report The measure is called “largely insufficient” because the flights with the highest emissions are still not harmed. For example, according to Greenpeace, the longer route Paris-Toulouse is conducive to emissions of 213 tons of carbon dioxide.
The left-wing party, La France Insoumise, also refused to adjust. MP Mathilde Pinot said: “If we maintain the four-hour limit, we will reduce emissions by 33%, which will help France achieve its climate goals and fulfill its international commitments.”
In addition, it is allowed to connect domestic flights on cancelled routes to international flights. This means that flights will continue to exist, but will only be sold as connections.
Now, the bill must first be considered by the Senate. After that, the parliament will vote for the third and final time. The law is expected to be passed.
If so, France is not the first country to ban short-haul flights.Conservative green Austrian government scrapped last year The distance that can be reached by rail within three hours has been flown.