The most likely solution to the battle over ETS lies in political compromise, according to Mehran Massih, counsel and head of the London-based environment practice at international law firm Shearman & Sterling. He views the European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general’s preliminary legal opinion as a wholesale rejection of the Air Transport Association case.
At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change last month the international aviation industry was recognized for its efforts to address climate change. “Few state delegations at last year’s climate talks in Copenhagen were aware of aviation’s outstanding track record on fuel efficiency or the global industry’s dramatic commitments to reduce our carbon footprint. This year
International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani has challenged Japan to make the privatization of its airports an example of global best practice. He also wants the country to champion efforts toward a zero carbon emission industry at the upcoming G8 Summit.
Aviation represents less than 3 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, but its contributions were a major focus at last month’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change following the EU’s proposal to include aviation in a new international agreement.
Business aviation is being further scrutinized for its environmental performance and must actively consider what it could do to reduce its impact on climate change.