US Airlines Hit Out at Emissions Proposals

THE AIR Transport Association of America (ATA), the trade organisation representing the leading US airlines, has been successful with its legal challenge into the proposed unilateral extension of the European Union’s emissions trading scheme to international aviation.  An English High Court has referred the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg for a ruling on the validity of the EU law.
“The High Court decision to refer this case to the European Court of Justice is an important step, as only the ECJ has the authority to rule on the Europe-wide directive that applies the European Emissions Trading Scheme to our airlines,” said ATA Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Nancy Young.
The group claims the unilateral extension of the scheme beyond Europe “is contrary to international law” both as an extraterritorial action and an improper tax or charge.  “It also clearly stands in the way of an appropriate and effective global solution,” it added.
ATA and its members have joined other airlines around the world in supporting a global framework for greenhouse gas measures under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations body charged with establishing environmental and other standards for international aviation.