AEA condemns that EC’s proposal to amend the EU ETS is not in line with the ICAO agreement

Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013

AEAAEA is surprised and disappointed by the proposal of the European Commission (EC) on the application of its emissions trading scheme to international aviation in the aftermath of the ICAO Assembly.


The Commission proposal as it was introduced on 16 October, would apply EU ETS to all flights within the EU and to the portion of international flights to and from the EU that occurs within EU airspace, this is the so‐called ‘airspace model’. The proposed move from intra‐EU to airspace barely increases the coverage (from 9% of world aviation CO2 to 13%, or at EU level from 27% to 39%), yet unleashes the same political hurdles and could harm the industry’s ask for a global scheme.


Furthermore, the ICAO Assembly concluded that any regional model has to be implemented with mutual consent with third countries. That has truly not happened.
AEA is concerned that the Commission is now recommending a course of action that has the potential to undermine the goodwill that has brought us to this point. As the Commission’s proposal moves to the co‐decision process with the European Parliament and Council we trust that there will be wide stakeholder engagement including with the international community.


AEA believes that adopting such a scheme could once again trigger non‐compliance and possible retaliation by third countries.

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