ICAO holds to its 2012-13 ETS schedule

Facing criticism that it isn't moving fast enough, the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has re-stated the end-2012 deadline to have a proposal on measures to address emissions from aviation.


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Facing criticism that it isn’t moving fast enough, the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has re-stated the end-2012 deadline to have a proposal on measures to address emissions from aviation. “I read the press like anyone. I listen to the criticisms which have been stated about the pace,” secretary general Raymond Benjamin said. But ICAO is an international organisation with a membership of 191 countries and needs a consensus, he added.

New European Union rules for airline carbon emissions have forced ICAO to accelerate its hunt for “market-based measures” that could be an alternative to the EU proposals. An ICAO spokesman said in December that the basic options under consideration are some form of emissions trading, fuel-based carbon levies, levies on departing passengers and cargo and carbon

offsetting. Two of those four are believed to be still on the table, with a decision expected by end 2013, some four-six months after EU member invoicing of airlines begins.