The European Union’s (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), an initiative intended to reduce carbon emissions in Europe, has caused great unity among the world’s aviation community. As noted here before the International Air Transportation Association (IATA: Sustainable Aviation Requires Government Cooperation) and the world’s business aviation community (EU’s ETS is myopic and parochial) are unified in opposition to the proposal.
Now comes the entity that would most benefit from the EU’s compulsion to purchase new, less carbon emitting aircraft. The Aerospace Industry Association’s president and CEO, Marion Blakey, has called the EU’s idea “wrong-headed” and “do-gooderism” in a recent interview with the board of editors of The Washington Times. The former FAA Administrator points out that the technology to measure the actual carbon emissions is being developed; the ETS proposal just estimates what the impact will be. Finally, she points out that the EU’s real motive may be revenue, not the environment; for the EUROs raised by this rule goes to the EU general coffers, not a dedicated green fund.
Ms. Blakey’s suggestion is well founded in reason and law. She argues that the EU should defer its ETS initiative to the International Civil Aviation Organization, which resides in Montreal and was established by the 1944 Chicago Convention to define international aviation procedures and rules including this issue.
EU – go to ICAO and establish a valid, environmentally sound international requirement that makes sense for every member State.Share this article: