From next year, the French government is enforcing a so-called “eco-tax” on all flights departing from the nation’s airports. The level of tax paid will depend on the fare class, but it’s hoped that this revenue will raise about €180m (USD $202m) to fund more environmentally friendly forms of transport.
The French government will enforce what has been dubbed as an “eco-tax” on all flights departing from the nation’s airports starting in 2020, the BBC reports.
Elisabeth Borne, French transport minister, stated that this tax should raise approximately €180m (USD $202m) in revenue. These funds, she explained, will then be invested into environmentally-friendly forms of transport, such as the nation’s rail infrastructure.
According to the outlet, the amount levied is dependent upon the fare class of the purchased ticket. For example, €1.50 (USD $1.68) will be added to the price of an economy ticket while up to €18 (USD $20.17) will be added to a business class fare.
Speaking at a news conference, Borne confirmed the initiative, saying, “We have decided to put in place an eco-tax on all flights from France.”
This move by the French government comes just as the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation – which voluntarily requests that participating carriers monitor their carbon emissions – comes into force.
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