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.
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”.
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 European Commission has launched a public consultation on managing capacity at European airports. The deadline for submissions is 15 November. More information can be found on the Commission website.
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.
European citizens, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and the aviation industry support action to limit the aviation sector’s rapidly-growing impact on climate change, according to the results of a public Internet consultation conducted by the European Commission.
A number of companies in the British aviation industry have formed an alliance with the stated aim of improving air travel’s impact on the environment.
Editorial by Jos Dings
Finally, after almost a decade of campaigning by environmental NGOs, not least T&E, there is a prospect on the horizon that greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector are going to be tackled in some way.
The European Commission has signalled that aviation could be included in the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) from 2013, or even by 2008.