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The European Commission has launched an eight-week consultation on how to tackle the rising climate change impacts of aviation. The results will feed into a strategy paper due this summer, focusing on possible use of economic instruments.
European finance ministers met today at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in Brussels. French and German proposals for introducing a European aviation fuel tax were discussed but no agreement was reached.
European finance ministers are due to meet tomorrow (Thursday 17/2) at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in Brussels. Proposals for introducing a European aviation fuel tax will be discussed. Today, the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) presents ten key reasons why such a measure would benefit European citizens.
In today's Financial Times, T&E Director Jos Dings argues that airlines are wrong to say emissions trading is the only way to combat the impact of aviation on the environment. He also accuses the industry of underestimating the climate impact of global aviation.
In a one-day seminar held at the European Parliament, and hosted by Chris Davies MEP, T&E brought together experts, industry, policy makers and NGOs. Under discussion: future European action to combat the rapidly-growing contribution of the aviation sector to global warming. For more information, download the full announcement.
In today's Financial Times, T&E calls on the global aviation industry to stop its 'continued stream of apocalyptic warnings' about the impact of oil price rises on airlines and to rethink its attitude to environmental policies. Click 'read more' to read the letter.
At last week's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly in Montreal, Europe fought for the right to tackle emissions from the growing aviation sector. In a briefing published today, T&E examine Europe's options now that ICAO has postponed a final decision on emissions charging until the next Assembly in 2007. The conclusion?
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has apparently recognised the impact of aviation on climate change (BBC News 15-09-04). In today's Financial Times, Jos Dings challenges him to 'match words with deeds' regarding a proposed disastrous Resolution on the table for the forthcoming International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly in Montreal (starting 28 September). For more information on the environmental threat posed by the Resolution, click here.
The EU Parliament today adopted a Resolution strongly rejecting U.S.-led moves to prevent ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) member states from controlling greenhouse gas emissions from aviation. The Resolution was passed with a large majority.