ETS exemption for international flights extended
14 July, 2017
Pending a worldwide scheme to offset CO2 emissions in air transport, Environment MEPs extended last Tuesday an exemption from paying for emissions in international flights, the EP press service reported. However, MEPs also agreed that the duration of the exemption should be limited until 31 December 2020. From 2021 onwards, the aviation sector should receive only half of its ETS allowances for free, against 85% today.
“It is sensible that we extend the exemption for international flights to and from the EU until there is greater clarity on the ICAO scheme. However, unlike the Commission, I believe this exemption must be time limited so that we can be sure that the CORSIA will deliver its objectives,” lead MEP Julie Girling (ECR, UK) said. “Aviation contributes 1.3% of global CO2 emissions and that will increase significantly over the coming decades unless effective action is taken,” she added.
The legislative proposal with amendments was adopted by 57 votes in favour and 3 against, with 6 abstentions. It will be put to a vote by the plenary in September.