- Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 14:24
ICAO is not committed enough / Careful consideration of consequences
"Very modest" called Peter Liese, the European Parliament's rapporteur for the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emission Trading Scheme, the results from the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization. "Vis a vis the compromise text of the ICAO Council the text which was now agreed is weakened a lot. Although there is now finally a decision that by 2016 ICAO will install a global market based measure for the reduction of international aviation emissions which comes into force 2020 the text was weakened, and if and how it comes to an agreement in 2020, is in the stars. Unfortunately, we have no guarantee that the system will be introduced in 2020 and that the benefit for the environment is substantial. There are too many ifs and buts. Nevertheless, this is a first step which was achieved only by the pressure of the EU. Alone, ICAO would not have made it so far, because of the industry domination of third countries' positions. Therefore the EU has to keep the pressure high", said Liese.
- Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:26
Responsible MEPs write an open letter to the ICAO
EU ready to compromise, but the European Parliament will have a close look at the process
On Tuesday, September 24, the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation-Organization will convene in Montreal (Canada). One item on the agenda is the discussion about a text that could pave the way towards an international agreement on the reduction of CO2 emissions in international aviation. The European Union, where all inter-European and intercontinental flights are already covered by law through the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), had been openly threatened with retaliatory measures by a number of third countries. Thus, as a gesture of goodwill, the EU excluded intercontinental flights temporarily from its ETS in the so called "Stop the Clock". Now, the president of the ICAO has succeeded in uniting almost all involved parties behind a compromise text which has to be adopted by the ICAO General Assembly. "The compromise is nonetheless not cut and dried yet and there are still arguments about the exact wording. We need this minimum compromise so our ETS can remain in place," warns Dr Peter Liese (EPP - Christian Democrats), rapporteur of the European Parliament for the inclusion of aviation in the European ETS.
- Created on Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:14
Peter Liese: Airspace better than "Stop the Clock - But European Parliament will scrutinize the process very closely and discuss the controversies
On September 4, the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), met in Montreal to discuss ICAO’s policies regarding climate change. The Council is comprised of 36 ICAO member states. The Council adopted a text, which will now be considered by the ICAO Assembly of all members between September 24 – October 5.
- Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 14:20
Contradiction between Obama's speech and administration's position on aviation / Clock will start again if there is no improvement
"We have been very impressed about the new dynamic in the US climate policy after Obama's speech but we were disappointed about the administration's position on aviation", stated the rapporteur for the inclusion of aviation in the Emission trading system (ETS) Peter Liese (European Christian Democrats) after a visit of a delegation of the European Parliament's environmental committee to Washington.
- Created on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 17:50
Negotiation with Irish Presidency concluded successfully / Stopthe- clock only for one year / Clear expectations to international agreement
On Tuesday late afternoon the negotiators of the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers concluded on an agreement to the Stop-the-clockproposal of the European Commission. This means that the proposal can enter into force with the necessary amendments before 30th April. Already back in 2008 the European Union agreed to include aviation in the EU-ETS. The decision was unanimous in Council and with a big a majority of more than 90 percent in the European Parliament. There is a huge opposition against the legislation from third countries, but the European Union reaffirms again in this agreement that the legislation is there to stay.