Trilogue outcome on aviation ETS paves the way for ICAO solution
Yesterday evening, during their ‘Trilogue’ meeting, the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached a provisional agreement on how to amend the scope of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for aviation: only flights operated within the European Economic Area will be covered in the calendar years 2013 up to and including 2016.
Following the 2016 Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Commission shall consider all options and may put forward a further proposal to revise the aviation ETS. The Association of European Airlines (AEA) calls upon the European Parliament and the Council to formally adopt the Trilogue agreement.
The decision to reduce the scope temporarily takes into account the achievements already made at ICAO level. For AEA it is therefore essential that ICAO delivers a global market-based mechanism (MBM) in 2016. “However, AEA is disappointed that the process took so long and that the legislator has not provided planning stability for airlines until 2020 when the global MBM is due to come into force”, says Athar Husain Khan, AEA’s CEO.
In the meantime, AEA members take their environmental responsibilities seriously and remain committed to the four pillar strategy, a broader package of measures which includes the development of new technology, more efficient operations and improved use of infrastructure as well as market-based measures. Yet, airlines are only able to contribute their fair share if the regulatory environment enables them to do so, for example via earmarking of auctioning revenues for the sustainability of European air transport.