IATA Blasts EU
Istanbul - The
International Air Transport Association (IATA) blasted the decision of the
European Council of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers for rubber stamping -
and sealing into law - Europe’s decision to bring air transport into the
European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012.
“Crisis is not the time for rubber stamps. But that is exactly
what the Council of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers used today - without a
word of debate - to seal into law the EUR 3.5 billion cost of bringing
airlines into the European ETS. It’s Brussels acting in a bubble - even
in the middle of a global economic crisis,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s
Director General and CEO.
“IATA does not oppose emissions trading. Positive economic
measures are part of the industry’s four pillar strategy to address climate
change. Along with economic measures, we need to improve efficiency with
technology, operations and infrastructure. While Brussels has been fast
to introduce its regional ETS scheme, it has been slow to improve efficiency.
We need the same urgency to deliver an effective Single European Sky that
would save billions of Euros in cost and 16 million tonnes of CO2 annually.
That we have been waiting decades for this is Europe’s biggest environmental
embarrassment,’ said Bisignani.
Bisignani highlighted the need for a global approach that is
fair and effective. ”In the most recent G8 declaration, Prime Minister
Berlusconi, Prime Minister Brown, Chancellor Merkel and President
Sarkozy supported ICAO’s leadership to deliver a global solution for
aviation and the environment. Now we need to see some supporting action. The
best way to a global solution is through ICAO’s Group on International
Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC). Brussels must support the success of
this process,” said Bisignani.
IATA also noted the inclusion of aviation in Europe’s general
review of its ETS programmes. “Reviewing the effectiveness of emissions
trading where programmes have been operational has value. But what
enlightened decisions can we expect from a review that will conclude even
before today’s decision takes effect in 2012?” questioned Bisignani.
“Far better that we address this on the basis of experience than
Notes for Editors:
- IATA (International Air Transport
Association) represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled
international air traffic.