IATA chief hits out at EU ETS

Global agreement needed for a solution on aviation emissions

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) once again called for a comprehensive global solution on aviation emissions to be negotiated through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Delivering the keynote state of the Industry address at the 68th IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Beijing, IATA chief Tony Tyler pointed out that there was a need for a globally-agreed approach to cover the areas of technology, operations, and infrastructure as well as positive market-based measures to reduce aviation emissions. Hitting out at the new measures adopted by the European Union, Tyler said: “Everyone —including Europe — agrees that the solution must be a global agreement through ICAO at the 2013 Assembly. But Europe’s unilateral and extra-territorial inclusion of international aviation in its emissions trading scheme (ETS) from 2012 is creating discord when we need harmony.”