MALAYSIA: AAPA speaks out against EU emissions scheme

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has renewed its criticism of the planned inclusion of international airline emissions within the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012. The scheme has provoked strong objections from international airlines and foreign governments. In the eyes of many foreign governments, the EU, in taking such unilateral action, is […]


The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has renewed its criticism of the planned inclusion of international airline emissions within the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012. The scheme has provoked strong objections from international airlines and foreign governments. In the eyes of many foreign governments, the EU, in taking such unilateral action, is overreaching its authority and jurisdiction, in contravention of international treaties and bilateral aviation agreements. Such arguments form the basis of ongoing legal challenges, including a test case being brought by a number of US carriers due to be heard by the European Court of Justice on 5 July 2011, which is being closely monitored by all concerned. Meanwhile, some foreign governments are considering retaliatory trade measures, targeting European interests. AAPA director general, Andrew Herdman, said: “As an industry, we are committed to ambitious environmental goals. We also believe there is a role for economic measures, including carbon markets. However, in order to be effective in mitigating emissions from international aviation, such measures need to be globally coordinated, by governments working together, preferably on a multilateral basis through the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).”