AEA regrets that the European Parliament’s Environment Committee favours airspace model for aviation
Today, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament (EP) adopted its report on the proposal of the European Commission to amend the scope of the aviation ETS.
The Association of European Airlines (AEA) is disappointed that - unlike the EP’s Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) and Industry, Research and Energy Committee - ENVI has ignored the global agreement reached at the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Assembly in autumn last year. AEA now calls upon the negotiators of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission to urgently find a solution that is in line with the developments at international level and that provides clear planning stability for airlines until 2020.
AEA is deeply concerned that ENVI has not taken into account the challenges that AEA member airlines are facing. If the international controversy around the EU ETS continues, EU-registered airlines serving destinations beyond the EU could be exposed to retaliatory measures from third countries in their day-to-day operations and face obstacles to their business development. The only way to ensure the competitiveness of the European air transport industry is an ICAO-led solution.
ENVI recommends the introduction of an airspace model. According to this model, flights operated within the European Economic Area in 2013 are included in the EU ETS; from 2014 until 2016, the proportion of all flights, i.e. including international flights, taking place within the so-called European Airspace will be covered. AEA believes that this unilateralist approach will jeopardize progress at ICAO level. While ICAO urges prior consultation with other States about including international flights in an existing market-based measure, ENVI’s recommended airspace model lacks this prerequisite. In addition, the ENVI report risks a snap back into the full ETS after 2016.
However, it is encouraging to see that ENVI and TRAN have once again raised the issue of earmarking that the aviation industry has consistently supported, provided that the revenues are re‐invested in further sustainability of the aviation industry, e.g. efficient infrastructure and alternative fuels.