28-Jul-2011 8:11 AM

ERA: Emissions trading must apply to all airlines or none

European Regions Airline Association (ERA) wrote (27-Jul-2011) to the European Commission Vice President for Transport Siim Kallas, urging either the complete withdrawal, or the suspension of the implementation, of the EU ETS for all air carriers until existing disputes can be reconciled or until ICAO has had time to develop a climate protection scheme that could be applied world-wide. The ERA is concerned about the growing international unease over the application of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to aviation. The ERA is also seeking the assurance of the European Commission that it will establish transparent, consistent and robust methodologies to determine if ‘equivalent’ measures that might be applied by non-EU countries in order to gain exemption from the EU ETS for their carriers. The association is concerned that exemptions may lead to a situation where intra-EU carriers would be the only airlines left complying with the scheme, would do nothing for the environment but would be detrimental to Europe’s economic stability, its businesses and citizens, particularly those in the EU’s regions. [more]

European Regions Airline Association: “Aviation is a global industry and needs a global solution on emissions and climate change. In pressing ahead with the EU ETS as a unilateral solution, the European Commission has brought the current situation on itself. We are now seeking reassurance from Vice President Kallas that, should the US Bill – and any similar actions from other countries – be accepted by the European Commission, the application of the EU ETS to all carriers, including intra-EU airlines, should be withdrawn or suspended,” Mike Ambrose, Director General. Source: ERA, 27-Jul-2011.

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