The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) is pushing the European Union (EU) to suspend its implementation of its Emissions Trading Scheme, designed to monitor and cut carbon emissions. TIACA says that the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), launched in 2005, is inefficient and will drive up air freight costs.
TIACA is instead trying to get the EU to go tackle the carbon emissions issue with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). In a letter to the EU’s Climate Action Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, TIACA highlighted a four-point list of why the new schemes in the programme to be implemented in 2012 will hurt air freight companies.
TIACA is arguing that the Emissions Trading Scheme is in violation of international law and treaties, that the programme will impose massive new taxes on aviation, that the programme is unlikely to improve the environment and that the ETS ignores the essential global nature of aviation.