Sweden: Comparing emissions taxes for planes and cars

If Sweden applied the energy and carbon tax on fuel at the same rate as for lorries and cars, flights would cost much more than they do now. A plane takes off from the airport in Washington, D.C. on September 3rd, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
If flights were to pay for their impact on the climate, just like lorries and cars do, a plane trip from Sweden to London would cost nearly SEK 3,000 more.

Swedish Television news reports that the figure is based on emissions calculations from the environmental protection agency. SVT then applied the energy and carbon tax on petrol to that flight’s carbon footprint.

Today, the flight tax for a journey between Stockholm and London is 60 kroner, but if you look at the average emissions for the trip, and put the same climate tax on this, as on the petrol price, you’d end up with a ticket that costs SEK 2,991 more just in taxes.

The equivalent climate fee for a plane trip to Thailand would be just over SEK 8,900 – making the ticket twice or three times more expensive than today when the tax is 400 kroner.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Northern Canada warming at three times the global rate, report finds, CBC News

Finland: Finnair admits carbon offset sales pitch ‘misleading’ as its emissions rise, Yle News

Norway: Arctic ecosystems face irreversible change without fast climate action, UN report says, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Arctic flights save time, but fuel climate change, Cryopolitics Blog

Sweden: Climate activists launch campaign urging Swedes to give up air travel, Radio Sweden

United States: Environmental groups call for global moratorium on ‘emissions cheat’ systems on ships, Eye on the Arctic

Ulla Engberg, Radio Sweden

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