EU to allow time for a global deal to cut aviation emissions

12-Dec-2017 @ 12:00

Jacqueline Foster Jacqueline Foster

Jacqueline Foster Jacqueline Foster

Jacqueline Foster Jacqueline Foster

EU to allow time for a global deal to cut aviation emissions

Conservative Transport Spokesman and Deputy Leader, Jacqueline Foster MEP, welcomed today's agreement to “Stop the Clock” to allow time for a global agreement to cut aviation emissions to be negotiated.

The EU currently operates an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for internal flights, but could not extend its scope outside the EU following international opposition. Today's decision will give the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) until December 2023 to finalise a new global scheme called CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation).

Mrs Foster, who authored (as rapporteur) the European Parliament Transport Committee's report, said: "I am delighted that ICAO will now have time to implement and complete the new CORSIA scheme to cut aviation emissions. This challenge has continued for the last ten years, and in my view pursuing an international agreement is the only realistic solution to tackling CO2 emissions globally.”

She continued: "More than 70 countries, including key players such as the US, China, India and others, have already signed up to the new ICAO scheme, and between them they emit approximately 88% of aviation CO2 emissions worldwide. Therefore, by fully backing the ICAO negotiators, we can secure a deal that will do more to protect the environment than any other option.”

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