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Short-haul flights should be banned when viable train routes are available – Greenpeace

Climate group Greenpeace has called on the EU to ban short-haul flights where viable train routes are available.

A study conducted by the group revealed that 30% of the EU’s busiest short-haul flight routes have train alternatives of under six hours.

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According to Greenpeace, the banning of flights on those routes would significantly reduce emissions per year by 3.5 million tons of C02.

The climate group claimed that emissions could be further reduced if countries introduce day and night services, better tracks and cheaper tickets.

While speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Greenpeace campaigner Lorelei Limousin said the aviation industry has been the fastest-growing source of emissions in Europe over the past decade.

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She stated, “If we do nothing, the emissions will continue to rise while everyone else is reducing emissions. This will result in climate collapse.”

She also suggested that studies reveal that there is a strong public appetite for more rail services to be available.

IMAGE – Wikimedia Commons

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