MPs back call for ecolabels on aircraft

Flybe has welcomed a House of Commons Treasury Committee recommendation that UK airlines should introduce ecolabels to their aircraft.

The regional airline had originally proposed the scheme, which it has adopted, that allows consumers to compare the environmental footprint of each airline as they book their flights.

In a report examining the implications on the Treasury of the Stern Review into global warming and its economic impact, the committee highlighted the airline’s proposed initiative and recommended airlines adopted a system of ecolabelling.

Committee chairman and MP John McFall said: “Our proposals for an industry-wide eco-labelling scheme would at least provide customers with the environmental information they need to make a choice between providers.”

Flybe chief commercial officer Mike Rutter welcomed the proposals, adding: “The initiative is scientifically robust and we have, since June 2007, made the methodology fully available online to any other airline that wants to replicate them.

“We repeat our offer to the industry to make our expert staff available to any other airline wanting to develop their own ecolabels.”

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