Emissions trading schemes are one hot topic
While legislators in the US and European Community have recognised the need to regulate environmental protection, much of that effort continues to be misdirected on several fronts and poses serious challenges to airlines. Karen E. Thuermer has the story.
August 1, 2010
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This type of approach is particularly troubling because it does not take into account the airlinesÃ¢â‚¬™ tremendous fuel and GHG efficiency and would siphon away the funds they need to continue to invest in further improvements,Ã¢â‚¬Â comments Nancy Young, ATA vice president for Environmental Affairs.
Add to this the fact fewer allowances are available in the US for purchase by airlines, compared with other industries. Some movement on the issue, however, appears to be heading in the rightdirection. Recent proposals emerging in the US Congress, particularly in the USSenate, are beginning to recognise thatemissions targets and measures shouldbe tailored to particular industry sectors.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are hopeful that this refocusing will result in having our Congress recognise the airlinesÃ¢â‚¬™ proposal for a global framework of targets and measures under the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO),Ã¢â‚¬Â she says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But we are not there yet.Ã¢â‚¬Â