EU COULD GET AIRLINE COMMITMENTS ON CARBON
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.
to reduce pollution if it wanted to end a dispute over a fiercely opposed plan
to charge carriers for aircraft emissions.
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.
as part of the price of withdrawing its international application of its own scheme,”
Tyler said. “Surely a deal could be done.”
Trading Scheme and buy permits to offset greenhouse emissions from aircraft operating
within or to and from Europe.
global economy narrowed profit margins, and hurt plans to invest in more environmentally
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.
additional pressure by approving a proposal to exclude American carriers from
the plan. Similar legislation is expected to be proposed in the Senate.
have triggered concern the airline disagreement could spark trade disputes as
other environmental measures have done.
a deal, a process he cautioned would not be easy or swift.
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.
IATA CEO: EU ETS is a ‘hornet’s nest’ that needs to be resolved
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
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.
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.
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.”
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]
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.