The Elephant in the Room
If we are talking about Scope 3 emissions, surely we have to confront our Island's reliance on air travel? Whether it is for personal or business purposes, Jersey people fly an awful lot. Indeed, our whole toursim industry is not built around the short break, in which people from the UK fly to Jersey for a short stay. It is well know that 1% of travellers cause 50% of the global aviation emisions. I would suggest a disproprortionate number of people in Jersey fall into that 1%.
How can we reduce our reliance on air travel? Better ferry links? Greater connectivity with the high-speed rail network in St Malo? Encouraging businesses to limit "single day/purpose" trips, e.g. to London and the use of Zoom/Teams whereever possible?
Why the contribution is important
Although still a relatively small contributor to CO2 emissions globally, air travel is growing (or was, pre-COVID). Currently it accounts for around 3.5% of GHG when you factor in "radiative forcing" (since aircraft emissions actually have a far greater impact on climate change than just CO2/greenhouse gas emissions at ground level).
by Dp20 on March 04, 2021 at 09:32AM