ICAO members must show leadership on aviation

Posted on 12 November 2012  | 

Brussels, Belgium - Commenting on the news that the European Commission has delayed enforcement of the inclusion of aviation within the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) for flights in and out of Europe[1], WWF said other members of the UN’s international aviation body ICAO must demonstrate their commitment to tackling the climate impacts of flying.

Jason Anderson, head of European climate and energy policy, WWF European Policy Office said: “The Commission’s move on aviation in the ETS buys some time for ICAO, who were arguably galvanised into action by the EU in the first place after years of foot-dragging on this issue.

Now it’s up to other countries who have been opposing action on tackling the climate impacts of aviation, especially the United States, to show that they are serious about pushing for a global solution. This is a great chance for ICAO members to show leadership and push for action on a global agreement on this issue.”

The Commission said that obligations relating to all operators' activities within the EU “will remain intact and compliance with the EU law will be enforced in this respect” and that the suspension only applied to air traffic to and from non-European countries.

Source of the article

Notes to editors:

1. European Commission: Stopping the clock of ETS and aviation emissions following last week's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council (12.11.2012)

For more information:
  • Jason Anderson, Head of European climate and energy policy at WWF European Policy Office, +32 474 837 603, janderson@wwf.eu
  • Audrey Gueudet, Communication & Media Officer at WWF European Policy Office, +32 (0)494 04 20 27, agueudet@wwf.eu
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