“Our alternatives to new aviation tax”

In Dagens Industri today Christian Clemens, BRA, Rickard Gustafson, SAS and Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian, address the government’s plans for an aviation tax stating there are more effective ways of tackling emissions than through the “symbolic” tax and present “joint targets for how Sweden can lead the way for more sustainable aviation by 2030”.

The Swedish aviation industry has a joint ambition to halve fossil carbon dioxide emissions from domestic flights by 2030, from 2005 through more effective aircraft and a higher proportion of bio-fuels.

The entire aviation industry, they write, is working to create a market for large-scale bio-fuel production. Investing in more fuel-efficient planes is significantly more effective than bringing in an aviation tax. They believe the proposed tax would reduce accessibility and potential for growth. Under the first year alone it is estimated the aviation tax would mean 7,000 fewer jobs and GDP loss of almost SKr 4 billion. In the best case scenario the tax would bring emissions down by 0.2%. Sweden needs aviation not least to achieve the government’s goal for regional growth.

Broad anti-corruption deal

Construction and property companies in the private sector have reached a unique agreement with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) on a clearer boundary between ‘corrupt’ and ‘non-corrupt’ activities in the construction sector.
Findings by the National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) reveal that almost one-third of all reported donors of bribes in 2013 were working within the construction industry. Later figures reveal that corruption remains rife within the sector.
The new deal means that bonuses for customers in the form of tickets to sports events and Baltic cruise trips will no longer be acceptable, says Helena Sundén at the Anti-Corruption Institute (IMM).