Aviation emissions: Commission proposes applying EU ETS to European regional airspace from 1 January 2014
EU News 438/2013
Brussels, 16 October 2013
The European Commission today proposed amending the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) so that aviation emissions would be covered for the part of flights that takes place in European regional airspace. The adjustment in the legislation would apply from 1 January 2014 and until a planned global market-based mechanism (MBM) becomes applicable to international aviation emissions by 2020, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The key features of the revised ETS system resulting from this proposal would be as follows:
- All emissions from flights between airports in the European Economic Area (EEA, covering the 28 EU Member States plus Norway and Iceland) would continue to be covered.
- From 2014 to 2020, flights to and from countries outside the EEA would benefit from a general exemption for those emissions that take place outside EEA airspace. Only emissions from the part of flights taking place within EEA airspace would be covered.
- To accommodate the special circumstances of developing countries, flights to and from third countries which are not developed countries and which emit less than 1% of global aviation emissions would benefit from a full exemption.
Source and additional information:
Connie Hedegaard Date: 16/10/2013 Reference: P-024175/00-05 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont (C)EU, 2013 URL