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Airline industry continues to condemn EU ETS

ATW Daily News 10 Jul.08

Airline groups around the world continued to condemn the European Parliament's decision to include both EU and non-EU carriers in an emissions trading scheme from 2012 (ATWOnline, July 9). International Air Carrier Assn. DG Sylviane Lust said the decision "creates the worst of all worlds--even more financial pressure on airlines without any proven benefits for the environment," while European Regions Airline Assn. DG Mike Ambrose called "indefensible" authorities' lack of concern for the "inevitable" failure of some airlines and "the jobs that will be put at risk and the communities that will be denied international access." Ryanair said the decision could cause fares to rise up to 50 and called the move "just another vacuous and useless gesture" that "will not affect the environment."

The vote registered abroad as well. The US Air Transport Assn. said the EU's "unilateral grab of power" is "bad policy" that "is sure to spawn a legal challenge." President and CEO James May said the EU "will siphon away the very funds the airlines need to continue to reduce emissions within the industry." Assn. of Asia Pacific Airlines DG Andrew Herdman said MEPs "have again overreached their authority" and reminded the EU that more than 130 non-EU governments "made their opposition [to the ETS] abundantly clear" at an ICAO assembly last fall. "We support emissions trading, but as far as international aviation is concerned, we need a consensus on a globally harmonized solution," he said.

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