Even as the EU-ETS officially takes effect for air transport, it remains under fire politically and legally from almost every direction. The U.S., China, India, Russia and numerous other states have all made high-level protests against the cap-and-trade system–in some cases backing these up with thinly veiled threats of economic sanctions against the European Union, if it refuses to back down in its insistence on imposing ETS on operators from outside Europe.
The U.S. and its allies in opposition to the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) are expected to step up political pressure on Europe after apparently failing to block the controversial cap-and-trade program on legal grounds.
The head of the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) railed against Europe’s emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) during an October 18 speech at the Aero Club in Washington, D.C., vowing to continue the fight against carbon emissions cap-and-trade requirements for air carriers scheduled to take effect January 1.
A provisional ruling from the advocate general of the European Court of Justice has denied an appeal led by the U.S. Air Transport Association (ATA) against the imposition of the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) on air carriers from outside Europe.