MALAYSIA: Asia Pacific airlines step up criticism of EU’s ETS

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has renewed its criticism of the planned inclusion of international airline emissions within the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012.


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The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has renewed its criticism of the planned inclusion of international airline emissions within the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012. The scheme has provoked strong objections from international airlines and foreign governments, many of whom see the EU’s unilateral move as 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. Meanwhile, some foreign governments are considering retaliatory trade measures, targeting European interests.

“As an industry, we are committed to ambitious environmental goals,” said AAPA director general Andrew Herdman. “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).”

“The EU has over-reached and underestimated the political price it will have to pay if it insists on pressing ahead with this scheme in its current form. It needs to fundamentally rethink its whole approach. Simply put, the EU should modify its plans for the EU ETS by limiting its application to only cover flights within Europe. This might at least mollify international opinion and hopefully avoid the inevitable damage which would result from continued legal challenges and retaliatory trade measures,” he added.