Aviation Emissions

European surrender on aviation emissions
Read Full Story Members of the European Parliament voted yesterday to back a deal reached with member states to alter the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) so that foreign airlines will not have to pay for the CO2 emissions they emit in EU airspace. After the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) agreed a timeline toward a future global mechanism to reduce aviation emissions last September, the European Commission proposed a compromise that would exempt emissions taking place outside EU airspace, but still make foreign airlines pay for their emissions taking place within EU airspace.
February 04, 2014
Asian airlines flying to Europe may be in for a bit of a shock later this year if the European Parliament’s environment committee has its way. On Monday it backed changes to a draft law on greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry that would see international carriers obliged to account for all GHGs emitted on flights to and from Europe, starting in 2016.
Airbus has announced a pact with Malaysian partners aimed at identifying suitable local feedstocks that may be used to produce cleaner jet fuel for its aircraft.
European surrender on aviation emissions
November 29, 2013
France, Germany and the United Kingdom want to further water down the new European Union plan to regulate CO2 emissions from flights in its airspace, bring them into conflict with the Brussels-based European Commission, which is keen to maintain the bloc's climate change policy. The three biggest economies in Europe want to regulate emissions from domestic EU flights only, scaling back a Brussels proposal that would charge any airline for emissions made over European airspace.
India has voiced firm opposition to EU plans to impose a scaled-back carbon charge on flights over European airspace while a senior US lawmaker said the EU proposal runs afoul of a law intended to shield US airlines from such charges.
Airline emissions over European territory
October 17, 2013
The European Commission has set the cat among the aviation pigeons once again by proposing to apply the European Union’s emissions trading system (ETS) within its own airspace from 1 January 2014. The move has drawn a predicable chorus of whining from the airlines which are currently basking in self-congratulation over the recent progress made toward a global regime to control their greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier this month industry regulators meeting at the assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in effect agreed to come to a final agreement on a market based mechanism to control emissions at their next triennial assembly in 2016.
The United Nations civil aviation body has reached consensus on a roadmap to create what would be a market-based scheme to help curb carbon emissions from a major industry by 2020, but rejected a European proposal that would have let it apply its own market scheme to foreign airlines in the interim.
Read Full Story After more than two years of international bickering, the European Union has finally abandoned its attempts to apply its aviation emissions regulations on foreign airlines.
Air travel carbon offsets on sale in San Fancisco Airport
August 01, 2013
After more than two year of wailing and gnashing of teeth by airlines over European Union regulations to curb the industry’s carbon emission growth, it appears that it can be done on the cheap according to a new report. New analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the US-based Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shows that the industry can achieve its goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020 – and even strengthen that goal considerably – by tapping into the available supply of high-integrity, low-cost carbon credits.
Internaitonal Air Transport Association
June 05, 2013
The international aviation industry has agreed to global curbs on its greenhouse gas emissions at the annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). While this is the first time the industry body has given its formal backing to emission controls, the resolution passed by members fell well short of the measures to combat climate change that green campaigners had demanded. IATA is calling on world governments to agree measures to manage carbon dioxide from air travel, which would come into force from 2020.