Airline News - Latin America / Caribbean.


New York, Delray Beach (AirGuide - Airline News Latin America / Caribbean) Nov 27, 2011

ETS, ALTA As clock ticks, EU urged to alter course on ETS. The push against non-EU airlines' inclusion in the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) continued Thursday at the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Assn. (ALTA) Airline Leaders Forum in Rio de Janeiro, where a US official accused EU governments of "undermining" global efforts to control aviation carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. US Dept. of Transportation (DOT) assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs Susan Kurlan said that rather than working toward an international agreement through ICAO, governments around the world are spending time fighting aviation's inclusion in the ETS starting next year. Considering that the US and many other nations agree with the EU's end goal of tracking and controlling aviation CO2 emissions, the EU approach is counterproductive, she said during a luncheon address. Including non-EU airlines in the ETS is "the wrong way to pursue the right objective," she said. "I can go on at length about the deficiencies of the ETS E Flights from Latin America and the US West Coast to the EU would be particularly hard hit." A report by UBS Investment Research, an arm of the Swiss bank UBS, says the European Union's emissions trading scheme will have "almost zero impact" on cutting carbon emissions, despite costing European Union consumers an estimated USD287 billion. The report also cautions that the European carbon market may be heading for a crash. Nevertheless, airlines can't ignore EU regulations, cautioned IATA DG and CEO Tony Tyler. "If...

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