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The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today (11 January 2023) launched a Call for Evidence on what environmental information should be provided to people when they are looking for and booking flights.

The regulator's Call for Evidence seeks views on what environmental information should be provided to people when they are considering flights, as well as how that information can be presented in a way that is clear, comparable and enables people to make informed choices about their travel options.

It follows consumer research undertaken by the UK Civil Aviation Authority in 2021, which found that consumers want more information on the environmental impact of aviation and on the impact of their own travel choices.

Some organisations currently provide environmental information, but there is not a standard approach to what information is provided, how it is calculated, and how it is displayed.

Standardising this approach will help people find reliable information, at the point of looking for and booking flights, in a format that is understandable, increasing confidence to make decisions on whether and how they travel.

Views are being sought from a wide set of stakeholders including commercial and general aviation industries, consumer groups, environmental organisations, and other organisations that hold or use information that relates to the impact of aviation on the environment.  

The work is part of the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy, which supports the Government’s Jet Zero Strategy to deliver net zero aviation by 2050.

The Call for Evidence can be accessed here, and runs until 7 April 2023. A consultation will launch later this year with a set of proposals that this work will inform.

Nic Stevenson, Head of Strategy at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said:

“Better understanding the most effective type, format, and communication of environmental information will help us achieve the goal of supporting the government’s net zero aviation target. I encourage everyone to help inform the way passengers are provided access to accurate and relevant information about the environmental impact of their flights.

“That information plays a key role in regard to the choices consumers make, and providing trustworthy data enables more sustainable choices.”