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By 30 November to

Our submission to the Federal Senate enquiry into Greenwashing

As a “hard to abate” sector, greenwashing has become a particularly major problem in the aviation sector.

We are concerned that the aviation industry is borrowing the playbook of tobacco, oil and other industries, to confuse, obfuscate and mislead the public while they grow. This has massive impacts upon our climate, so we need to call out this greenwashing and see appropriate action taken. We thank senators for instigating this enquiry.

You may like to read about aviation greenwashing, ranging from airlines claiming their “sustainability” to airports minimising their responsibility for global heating to government departments understating this impact. We point out the difficulty of assessing the veracity of claims about how airlines will be fuelled in the future, as well as the exaggerations by firms creating new fuels, and by all players who use the term “net zero” in the context of aviation.

Our submission can be seen on the Senate website and is listed as Number 68.

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