EU May Delay Greenhouse Gas Rules for International Aviation

EU May Delay Greenhouse Gas Rules for International Aviation

The European Commission has proposed suspending the inclusion of international aviation in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme and thus waiving the requirement for airlines to surrender emission allowances for flights into or out of Europe until after the 2013 International Civil Aviation Organization general assembly next fall.

Suspending the implementation of these international aviation guidelines would mean that the EU would not require allowances to be surrendered in April 2013 for emissions to and from the EU during 2012.

The proposal followed discussions at the ICAO Council on a global market-based approach to regulating greenhouse gas emissions from aviation, and still needs to go through the co-decision process with the EU nations and parliament.

The International Air Transport Association welcomed the announcement and said it is a sign that the ICAO process is working.