A4A commends Senate support of EU ETS Bill

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organisation for the leading US airlines has commended the US Senate for introducing a bill prohibiting US aircraft operators from participating in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).


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Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organisation for the leading US airlines has commended the US Senate for introducing a bill prohibiting US aircraft operators from participating in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) because of the what they say violates US sovereignty and international law, and imposes an unfair and burdensome tax on US airlines and consumers. The legislation also would seek to hold airlines harmless from not participating in the scheme. The Senate bill is similar to the bipartisan legislation passed by the full House of Representatives last fall.

 “Subjecting airlines to the EU ETS will be counterproductive to helping the environment, result in the loss of US jobs, and hamper the airlines’ ability to invest in new aircraft and continue their extensive efforts to build on their strong environmental record.” said A4A president and CEO Nicholas E. Calio.

The Senate bill follows the Moscow meeting of governments, where the US and some 25 other governments opposed the unilateral EU tax and spelled out the concrete steps they can take to overturn this scheme. The Moscow Declaration also reinforced the countries’ commitment to reach a global sectoral approach at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).