October 21, 2013 - The International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA) is disappointed and concerned over the European Commission’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) proposal of 16 October. Following the promising outcome of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly two weeks ago, the global aerospace industry was looking forward to constructive international cooperation ahead of the next Assembly in 2016 in order to achieve by 2020 a global solution to the global problem that aviation emissions pose.
The European Commission is now proposing to apply EU ETS also to the portion of international flights to/from the EU that occurs within EU airspace. The ability to unilaterally impose a regional scheme on third countries was firmly voted down during the ICAO deliberations with 97 to 39 votes.
ICCAIA fears that the proposal risks exposing the European aviation industry to trade retaliatory measures by third countries and urges the European Parliament and the EU member states in the Council to consider fully its risks and consequences when deciding on the Commission’s proposal.
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ICCAIA is the international organization of aerospace industry manufacturing associations. ICCAIA was established in 1972 to provide the civil aircraft industry a means to be represented with observer status in the deliberations of the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICCAIA was constituted by the Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA) and the European Association of Aerospace & Defence Industries (ASD). Subsequent members of ICCAIA now include the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC), the Aerospace Industries Association of Brazil (AIAB) and the Russian Union of Aviation Industrialists. For further information please visit ICCAIA members’ websites: AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA) Aerospace Industries Association of Brazil (AIAB) Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC) Union of Aviation Industrialists (UAI)