IATA Disappointed Over EU Court Carbon Decision

October 6, 2011

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed its disappointment over the opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on emissions trading.

Tony Tyler, IATA's director general said: "While the Advocate General of the CJEU believes that Europe is within its rights to move forward with this extra-territorial measure, that opinion is not shared in the international community."

He said that last week more than 20 states—including India, China, Japan, the US, and Russia signed a declaration vowing to challenge the plan's extra-territoriality at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

"And India, for example, has very clearly indicated that if Europe proceeds it will retaliate," said Tyler.

"We support and need positive economic measures as part of our strategy to manage aviation's emissions. Emissions trading is one possibility. But it must be a global scheme under the leadership of ICAO."

(Ken Symon)