The UFC-Que Choisir asks Friday to increase to 4 hours the threshold of prohibition of home flights when an alternative exists by train, the 2 hours 30 supplied for by the Climate invoice ensuing in accordance to it in a “derisory environmental gain “.
The client protection affiliation estimates that inserting the restrict at 2:30 a.m. will end in the elimination of solely 5 traces, Paris-Bordeaux, Paris-Lyon, Paris-Nantes, Paris-Rennes and Lyon-Marseille, representing a whole of 12 % of home site visitors in France.
But the reductions in CO2 emissions would signify solely 3.5% of metropolitan air transport, underlines the UFC-Que Choisir. The distinction is defined by exemptions supplied for connecting flights in the “Climate and Resilience” invoice, at present into account in Parliament.
This measure constitutes a “direct path towards an inoperative measure”, denounces the group, which recommends exempting “not the lines but the travelers, when they can prove that they are in correspondence”.
“This would lead companies to reduce their number of flights proportionately, and to preserve the scope of the measure without sacrificing access to long-haul flights from all over the country,” argues the UFC.
More broadly, the affiliation asks parliamentarians to come again to the proposals of the Citizens’ Convention on the local weather which set the threshold at 4 hours. Eighteen airways can be affected, together with Paris-Marseille, leading to a 12.5% drop in carbon emissions from the airline trade.
The UFC assures that the train may take up the postponement of air site visitors on this state of affairs, whereas conceding that “supply shortages could appear at peak times or on busy days”, and that some routes would take longer .
For prospects, even when the train is on common cheaper than the airplane on these routes, the UFC is anxious about a “risk of SNCF monopoly” which might be mitigated by opening up to competitors, and underlines the want for rail to provide providers “up to” the expectations of customers, “in terms of offer, reliability and comfort”.