Association of European Airlines (AEA) stated (07-Dec-2009) its member airlines welcome the opportunity to participate in a "genuine, global exercise to arrive at meaningful solutions to climate change" at the upcoming Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, and the aviation sector "once again expects to be a focus of attention as a solution is sought to include airline CO2 emissions in a comprehensive abatement scheme". [more]
AEA: “The primary focus of COP15 is on targets, but targets are meaningless if they are unachievable. The airlines’ approach is through action and innovation, delivering real, identifiable benefits through short, medium and longer-term timescales. By harnessing operational improvements, infrastructure efficiencies and technological developments, combined with marketbased measures, the aviation sector is able to make firm commitments to very substantially reduce its future emissions A feature of a comprehensive agreement, he said, should be an end to the imposition on aviation of actual or proposed taxes and levies with a nominally environmental purpose," Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus, Secretary General. Source: AEA, 07-Dec-2009.