Emissions from international aviation

Press release
14 Nov 2017

Obscure aviation climate deal could undermine the Paris Agreement

BONN 14 November 2017. A new Columbia Law School report reveals major shortcomings in how the UN aviation body (ICAO) interprets transparency and public participation requirements. The report’s findings come amidst a closed meeting in Montreal that kick-starts the approval of rules for ICAO’s new carbon offsetting scheme. A separate Carbon Market Watch analysis on…

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Briefings
13 Nov 2017

Visibility Unlimited: Transparency of the new aviation carbon market

Executive summary A new offsetting scheme called the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) was established by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in 2016 to compensate for the industry’s emissions growth above 2020 levels. Although this measure will address less than a third of the sectors’ total expected emissions in 2030,…

Opinion
By Kelsey Perlman on 13 Jul 2017

Now is the time to upgrade Europe’s aviation pollution rules

This article was first published on Green Air Online on 11 July 2017 Wed 12 July 2017 – Yesterday, the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) voted on how the aviation sector should be treated under the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), in response to a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to set…

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Briefings
4 May 2017

Too big to fail? Environmental responsibilities of the UNFCCC and ICAO processes for aviation’s new carbon market

Last year, states created an offsetting scheme to compensate for aviation’s pollution growth above 2020 levels. The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is supposed to contribute to the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. However, compensating for growing emissions does not reduce emissions overall, nor put the sector on a pathway to do so. ICAO will finalize details for the CORSIA by the end of 2017. Crucial elements include the type of credits allowed, registry design, and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) rules.

UNFCCC Side Event: Aviation and Paris: making climate agreements work

Time and venue Wed, 10 May 16:45 – 18:15 Bonn Climate Change Conference, Kaminzimmer 113 The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has created an offsetting measure for the aviation sector which aims to compensate for emissions growth above 2020 levels. Though international aviation emissions fall under the Paris Agreement, to date they are not included in any…

10 May 2017

Letters
26 Apr 2017

Letter to the Austrian government on airport expansion

Dear Government of Austria, Government of Lower Austria and City of Vienna, The international climate community applauds the recent decision by the Federal administrative court in Vienna to block the expansion of Vienna airport as incompatible with Austria’s climate obligations. Aviation remains the most carbon intensive mode of transport, currently responsible for 2.6% of Austria’s…

News
By Kelsey Perlman on 22 Mar 2017

Europe must not backslide on aviation’s climate responsibility

The European Parliament’s environment committee has nominated Julie Girling from conservative group ECR to lead talks on aviation’s role in the EU’s Emissions Trading System. Discussing the European Commission’s most recent proposal to continue the exclusion of international flights from the EU ETS, Ms Girling urged colleagues not to let Europe slip back on gains already made to curb the sector’s growing climate impact.

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News
By Kelsey Perlman on 22 Feb 2017

Planes and ships too must act on climate say EU lawmakers

Last week, the European Parliament adopted its position on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). While overall the position falls short of a true reform, the EU lawmakers did decide to include shipping in the EU ETS in the absence of climate action at the global level, and strengthened the rules for the aviation sector.

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Letters
16 Feb 2017

Joint NGO letter to IATA: Airlines shouldn’t use Montreal resolution to undermine domestic European climate ambition

The undersigned organisations represent civil society working to limit aviation’s large and rapidly growing climate impact. We believe that the airline industry’s efforts to address its emissions fall well short of what is needed. Further, years of fuel and other tax exemptions and opt-outs from effective climate policies continue to undermine efforts to limit global warming.

Policy Event: When Will Europe Act? How the aviation sector can reduce emissions through the EU ETS

Wednesday 8 March, 2017, 13.30-15.00 The event was kindly co-hosted by Members of the European Parliament, Mr Peter Liese  (EPP) and Ms Julie Girling (ECR). Programme: 13.30-15.00 13.30-13.40 Mr Peter Liese, Member of the European Parliament – opening remarks 13.40-13.50 Ms Laurence Graff, Head of Unit, European Commission Aviation under the EU ETS from 2017…

8 Mar 2017