EU praises wider engagement on ICAO global measure for aviation emissions but concerned over environmental integrity
The EU welcomed current progress at ICAO on developing a global market-based measure (GMBM) for international aviation carbon emissions but it would be looking for certainty over the environmental integrity and objectives of the scheme, said a senior European Commission official in a Brussels debate this week. Important elements of the scheme would be the quality and eligibility of carbon offsets under a post-2020 global climate agreement and the challenge to establish obligations on ICAO states under competing principles, she said. Athar Husain Khan of the Association of European Airlines said the scheme should be as inclusive as possible without causing distortions or be discriminatory to operators. He also called for European domestic aviation emissions to be included in the GMBM and the sector withdrawn from the EU ETS after 2020. Jos Dings of T&E believed the global scheme under discussion would likely lack the stringency of the EU ETS.
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