The European Union (EU) will continue to soften regulations for international airlines in its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as it helps the ICAO come to a global strategy to reduce carbon.
International airlines have already been exempt from paying into the scheme since November when the European Commission said those operating outside of Europe did not have to pay for a year while a new solution is found.
The EU will now extend this exclusion until 2020 if an agreement is made on a global emissions trading system at the ICAO’s General Assembly next month. It means that non-EU airlines will only pay for emissions in European airspace rather than the entire flight.
Airlines in Europe have been charged under ETS since its introduction earlier this year despite widespread opposition.
According to reports, ICAO has drafted a ‘market-based mechanism’ which could be finalised in 2016 and come into force as early as 2020.
Connie Hedegaard, EU commissioner for climate action tweeted last week: “Finally. Not perfect but progress within reach on a global MBM to curb emissions from #aviation. Still work to be done before #ICAO Assembly.”
ICAO’s 38th Assembly will commence on 24 September.
— Connie Hedegaard (@CoHedegaard) September 5, 2013