This is quite a cool idea and the sort of creative thinking we need to tackle pollution and poverty. Take a look at the full article as it details some of the projects this initiative will fund such as a cooking pot that uses solar rays focused by a dish that tracks the sun through the day.
Let’s hope other governments follow this example.
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | MP’s flights ‘pay for clean air’: “The UK is set to announce a scheme to promote clean energy in developing countries by paying into a fund every time a minister or civil servant takes a trip by air.
The idea is to offset the climate change impact of the carbon dioxide emissions from flying.
The scheme will begin next month in at least three departments – The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development (Dfid).
These are the major travellers and the fund from their flights could raise around £500,000 a year.
The proceeds will be invested in projects such as solar cookers in India, home insulation in the townships of South Africa and micro-hydro in Sri Lanka”