• European Parliament increases pressure on ICAO to agree a global aviation emissions deal

    The European Parliament today voted to confirm the Commission’s proposal to suspend for one year the inclusion of flights to and from Europe in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The Parliament’s decision stressed that the EU’s emissions clock will start again if the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) does not manage to agree on a global deal to curb international aviation emissions at its triennial Assembly next September.


    Commenting on the vote, Transport & Environment (T&E) policy officer for aviation, Aoife O’Leary, said: “We always said that the ‘Stop the Clock’ proposal was a big political concession to give once again ICAO time to act to curb aviation emissions. With today’s Parliamentary ratification, ICAO’s member states have no more excuses and after nearly 15 years of procrastination need to put their money where their mouth is. Otherwise, it is clear that Europe will restart the clock.”