The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the US House of Representatives Transportation Committee's introduction of a bill into Congress identifying the EU Emissions Trading Scheme as being a unilateral and extra-territorial act that is inconsistent with long-established international aviation law.
IATA said the action recognizes that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is the proper forum to address international aviation carbon emissions. IATA joined with U.S. airlines in supporting the action by Congress. (See TravelAgentCentral.com, July 21)
"Aviation is a global business that requires global solutions, including on climate change. IATA supports economic measures, including market based measures, to reduce CO2 emissions as part of the aviation industry's strategy to address climate change," IATA said in a statement.
"Aviation is still the only sector that has agreed to a set of global targets to reduce emissions. All parts of the aviation industry have committed to cap net air transport carbon emissions from 2020 and to cut net carbon emissions in half by 2050, compared to 2005," IATA said.