Green recovery (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th June 2020.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

Do you agree with me that bailouts for airlines operating in London should come with attached conditions protecting workers and committing to carbon reduction?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Yes, I agree.  I have made a commitment for London to become a zero-carbon city. All sectors must play a part in tackling the climate emergency including aviation.

The Government has committed to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 and I echo the Committee on Climate Change’s principle that the Government must ensure the recovery does not lock-in or increase greenhouse gas emissions and has the opportunity to drive concerted action.

However, airlines are not unique. All carbon intensive businesses should be facing up to their environmental obligations and providing a credible route map for how they’re going to decarbonise.

Through my ongoing support for the good work standard and support for a just transition I am committed to making sure all workers get a fair deal, and I expect the government to have similar requirements as part of any bailout conditions for airlines and other industries.