The European Environment Bureau (EEB) and T&E have written to EU Environment Ministers ahead of their November meeting. On the subject of Aviation and Climate Change, the groups call for additional measures alongside the proposed inclusion of aviation into the European Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS).
Input from environmental NGOs at the start of the next round of the European Climate Change Program (ECCP). From Climate Action Network Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, Transport and Environment (T&E) and WWF.
Jos Dings, Director of T&E writes in this week's European Voice: The EU-US aviation agreement has been under discussion once again. But an important issue has been conspicuous by its absence from the debate; namely the need to remove a standard clause found in existing bilateral agreements which effectively rules out taxation on aviation fuel.
The first legally binding framework for tackling the environmental impact of international aviation has been proposed by the Commission.
By Roland Hwang
Both European and American NGOs are working hard to encourage the auto industries to produce cleaner and low-carbon cars, but the scope for coordination hasn’t been fully exploited. The aims may be the same, but the approaches haven’t, despite the obvious fact that the more the two continents adopt similar approaches, the more car makers can take advantage of the vast economies of scale by developing the same technologies for both markets.
Environmental groups in France have reacted angrily to a Commission communication entitled “The EC is encouraging the development of regional airports and mobility in Europe”.
Proceedings of the T&E conference held in Stockholm, Sweden, 21 - 22 April 2005.
The European Commissioners are due to discuss the communication ‘Reducing the climate change impact of aviation’ at their meeting in Strasbourg this Tuesday (27 September). The Communication is expected to propose the inclusion of CO2 emissions from European flights into the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS).
The chances of Europe’s airlines having to join the EU emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS) within a few years are likely to increase when the Commission publishes proposals on aviation in the next few weeks.
The EU industry commissioner Günter Verheugen (pictured), is said to believe the target of reducing average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars to 120 grams per kilometre by 2012 is “impossible”.