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Environmental groups hail court decision on aviation climate law

A transatlantic coalition of environmental groups today applauded the decision of Europe’s highest court to uphold the EU law to reduce carbon pollution from airplanes. The decision, from the Court of Justice of the European Union, affirms that the EU law is fully compliant with international law.

Progress at Durban but no action for nine years

The ‘Durban Platform’ may become as commonly known as the Kyoto Protocol, following a loose agreement at this month’s Durban climate change summit on a plan to work towards a global climate strategy. The plan is to agree the strategy by 2015 and for it to start in 2020.

A New Flightplan: Getting global aviation climate measures off the ground

When? 
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 10:00 to 16:00
Where? 
Norway House
Rue Archimède 17
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tackling aviation climate change is one of the great political challenges of the moment. This conference aimed to look beyond the current headlines concerning the EU-ETS and examined the why, how and who of a global aviation climate regime.  World experts on the issues set out the latest science on aviation’s climate impacts, examined the policy options and looked at how these could be tackled on the global level.  

USA orchestrating major push to stop aviation emissions trading

A leading American airline is thought to be behind an intensive push by the USA and other governments to prevent international aviation entering the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in January. Earlier this month, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) approved a non-binding resolution calling on the EU to rethink emissions trading for flights involving non-EU airlines, while the US House of Representatives passed an ‘EU ETS Prohibition Act 2011’ saying US airlines should not be included. Yet T&E has discovered a former airline lawyer may well be behind these initiatives.

ICAO Council discussion on including aviation in the EU-ETS

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On 2 November, the governing body of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is scheduled to discuss a paper put forward by 26 countries calling for the adoption of a joint declaration against the inclusion of aviation emissions in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) from 2012, originally signed in New Delhi on 30 September.  The background briefing explains events leading up to the declaration and links to a legal case brought by three American airlines against the EU.

Advocate’s opinion emphatically rejects airlines’ ETS complaints

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Attempts by several airlines to be excluded from the EU’s aviation Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) when it begins in January have suffered a major setback. The advocate general of the European Court of Justice has delivered her opinion on the case, and it rejects all the airlines’ complaints. Although the advocate general’s opinion is not binding on the final ruling, the Court seldom deviates substantially from an advocate general’s view, and this view is very clear.

European Court’s Preliminary Opinion Supports Legality of EU Law That Curbs Aviation Pollution

A transatlantic coalition of environmental groups applauded today’s European Court of Justice’s Advocate General’s preliminary opinion, which supports Europe’s right to tackle carbon emissions from airlines that use its airports. The coalition said the preliminary opinion was very encouraging. The Court is expected to hand down its final opinion in early 2012.

How can you regulate something you don’t measure properly?

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Opinion by Jos Dings - T&E deputy directorAll the current talk about developments in aviation and environment seems centred on the row over the impending introduction of emissions trading for the sector. But something else is going on in the aviation world that could have very important global repercussions too. It is to do with measuring the fuel efficiency of aircraft, something that is totally normal in the road traffic sector. But in aviation, the issue is being made artificially complicated, and being hidden from daylight.

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