The adjustment within the law would observe from 1 January 2014 and till an international market-based mechanism (MBM) turns into appropriate to global aviation emissions by way of 2020, as deliberate by way of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, stated: “In the sunshine of the new growth made at ICAO, no longer least thank you to Europe’s exhausting paintings and backbone, the European Commission lately has proposed to alter the EU ETS in order that emissions from the aviation sector can be coated for the a part of flights that takes position in European regional airspace. The European Union has decreased greenhouse gasoline emissions significantly, and the entire financial sectors are contributing to those efforts. The aviation sector additionally has to give a contribution, as aviation emission are expanding rapid – doubling since 1990.”

She added: “I’m assured that the European Parliament and the Council will transfer all of a sudden and approve this proposal at once. With this proposal, Europe is taking the accountability to scale back emissions inside of its personal airspace till the worldwide measure starts.”

Key options

The key options of the revised ETS gadget ensuing from this proposal can be as follows:

  • All emissions from flights between airports within the European Economic Area (EEA, protecting the 28 EU Member States plus Norway and Iceland) would proceed to be coated.
  • From 2014 to 2020, flights to and from international locations out of doors the EEA would receive advantages from a common exemption for the ones emissions that happen out of doors EEA airspace. Only emissions from the a part of flights happening inside of EEA airspace can be coated.  
  • To accommodate the particular instances of creating international locations, flights to and from 3rd international locations which don’t seem to be advanced international locations and which emit lower than 1% of world aviation emissions would receive advantages from a complete exemption.

Next steps

The Commission would love to see the proposal agreed by way of the European Parliament and Council by way of March 2014 to supply readability for airplane operators, who would another way have to give up allowances for his or her all emissions on flights in 2013 to and from 3rd international locations by way of 30 April 2014.

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