European Commission plans to integrate air transport into the EU emissions trading system are too weak to substantially reduce the climate impact of the sector according to T&E, a network of sustainable transport groups. T&E calculates that the effect of the proposed system will be to reduce aviation emissions by just 3% which is equivalent to less than one year's growth of the sector's emissions (1). To be effective, the scheme must be accompanied by additional measures applied to all other sectors such as a tax on fuel and VAT on tickets.
The European Parliament has voted on new vehicle emissions standards (Euro 5 /6) in a compromise deal with ministers that allows makers of gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles (SUVs) an extra three years to comply.
The EU should make more efficient use of existing transport infrastructure and overhaul the way it decides what infrastructure projects to invest in to make the process fully transparent and economically sound according to T&E Director Jos Dings speaking at today's high-level European Commission conference on the future of rail.
Jos Dings, director of T&E, writes in today's Financial Times:
The International Air Transport Association's response to the European Union's proposed inclusion of aviation in its emissions trading system (report, November 16) shows the industry's continued understatement of the problem and a misunderstanding about the role of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.