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EU COULD GET AIRLINE COMMITMENTS ON CARBON

IATA says Europe could gain commitments from global airlines to end the dispute
over ETS.  He said othewise airlines and governments would continue to fight the
EU. He wants some sort of commitments to be obtained by ICAO, rather than having
to comply with the ETS and  suggested: “Surely a deal could be done.” Airlines
are complaining that the cost will eat into their profits and whine that they
would delay investment in environmentally friendly technology.


November 10, 2011 (Reuters)

Europe would likely have enough leverage to gain commitments from global airlines
to reduce pollution if it wanted to end a dispute over a fiercely opposed plan
to charge carriers for aircraft emissions.

Tony Tyler, director general of the International Air Transport Association,
told reporters that absent [in the absence of?] any move to resolve tensions airlines
and governments would continue to fight the European Union and work on a negotiated
solution to what he called a “misguided move” to force compliance.

“It seems that Europe has the scope to get commitments for some sort of action
as part of the price of withdrawing its international application of its own scheme,”
Tyler said. “Surely a deal could be done.”

Beginning in January, airlines will have to join the European Union’s Emissions
Trading Scheme and buy permits to offset greenhouse emissions from aircraft operating
within or to and from Europe.

Carriers say compliance would cut deeply into earnings at a time when the rocky
global economy narrowed profit margins, and hurt plans to invest in more environmentally
friendly technology.

EU officials have said there is flexibility in the law.

Airlines and two dozen other countries, including the United States and China,
formally sought in a non-bonding resolution at the UN’s International Civil Aviation
Organisation (ICAO) last week to exempt their carriers from the measure.

Airlines have also sued to stop the law and the US House of Representatives applied
additional pressure by approving a proposal to exclude American carriers from
the plan. Similar legislation is expected to be proposed in the Senate.

US congressional action and similar steps taken or contemplated by other nations
have triggered concern the airline disagreement could spark trade disputes as
other environmental measures have done.

Tyler again urged Europe to drop its plan and turn its attention to negotiate
a deal, a process he cautioned would not be easy or swift.

“Everybody realises that something has to be done,” Tyler said, noting that an
emissions trading scheme acceptable to industry “has to be global and non-discriminatory”
and recognise investments carriers and manufacturers are making in engine technology
and aircraft design to reduce emissions. “We’re not opposed to emissions trading,”
said Tyler, whose trade group represents 230 airlines.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/09/airlines-emissions-idUSN1E7A81OT20111109

 

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IATA CEO: EU ETS is a ‘hornet’s nest’ that needs to be resolved

IATA director general and CEO Tony Tyler said the EU has “stirred up a hornet’s
nest” by insisting it will move forward with the inclusion of aviation in its
Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) next year, and again urged European nations to
negotiate a global agreement on aviation carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through
ICAO.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday at Airports Council International’s (ACI) World
Annual General Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, Tyler acknowledged there has been
no “public” movement by the EU on its ETS position. Indeed, a European Commission
(EC) spokesperson told Bloomberg News Wednesday that the EU “won’t modify our
plans” regarding the ETS.

Governments around the world have denounced aviation’s inclusion in the ETS,
and the US House of Representatives last week voted to prevent US carriers from
participating in the scheme (ATW Daily News, Oct. 26). The House’s vote is nonbinding; in order for the chamber’s proposal to become
law, the Senate would also have to pass anti-ETS legislation and President Barack
Obama would need to sign it.

Tyler noted that ACI this week called on the EU to drop aviation’s inclusion
in the ETS and move the emissions trading forum to ICAO. “What we’d like ICAO
to do is provide the necessary framework for a global solution for managing aviation
emissions,” he said at a press conference. “They’ve agreed this framework should
be set before their next assembly in 2013. We would encourage the European states
to [join these negotiations] … As a result of the EU action on this matter, we
see states fighting and arguing with each other rather than cooperating with each
other to develop a framework.”

In a speech to the ACI conference Wednesday, Tyler said the aviation industry
has “taken the high ground with the most ambitious targets and strategy to reduce
emissions of any global industrial sector.” He commented that “improving fuel
efficiency [and therefore reducing CO2 emissions] is in the DNA of the [airline]
industry.”

http://atwonline.com/international-aviation-regulation/news/iata-ceo-eu-ets-hornets-nest-needs-be-resolved-1102

 

 

Comment from an AirportWatch member:

“Tyler again urged Europe to drop its plan and turn its attention to negotiate
a deal, a process he cautioned would not be easy or swift.”   Yep … typical
aviation speak … “let’s put it off and do it ‘tomorrow’”.  Leaving it to ICAO
would mean nothing would be done for many more years.