International Air Transport Association said on Tuesday that it will be
difficult for the European Union to implement the Emissions Trading Scheme
since over 30 countries oppose it.
countries like China, India and Russia are not going to comply, it
is very hard to say how the EU is going to implement the scheme," said
Paul Steele, IATA's director of aviation environment.
airlines, along with two Indian counterparts, have not submitted 2011 carbon
emissions data to the EU yet, while 1,200 carriers have handed over the
reports, Connie Hedegaard, the EU's climate commissioner, said on May 16.
The EU will
penalize airlines that do not report the data by mid-June, Hedegaard said.
IATA's Steele said that he is interested to see which country will be penalized
and whether the issue goes that far.
It will be
difficult to get the 27 member countries to agree on the scheme and it is even
more difficult to guarantee that all the countries take action, Steele added.
On the other
hand, European countries also risk breaking the International Civil Aviation
Covenant if they punish Chinese and Indian airlines.
“The EU's scheme
is not just an industry issue, but a sovereignty problem,” Steele said.
The IATA is
ratcheting up the pressure on the EU to stand down in the face of an
increasingly bitter standoff over the ETS scheme to enable progress towards a
global solution on aviation emissions.
is working hard to finalize a market-based global solution, which will be
presented in September 2013.
The IATA has
three global industry targets - one is to cut net carbon dioxide emissions by
50 percent over 2005 levels by 2050. (nvn)