next steps in tackling emissions are on the agenda for the Group on
International Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC), which is meeting today until
by the ICAO General Assembly last year, the 15-member GIACC is tasked with
making recommendations in 2009.
meeting falls on the heels of the European Parliament’s decision to include
aviation in the European Union’s emissions trading scheme. All flights
operating within, to or from its 27 nations will be subject to its emissions
trading scheme from 2012.
is a clear challenge. We were disappointed that the EU continues to move down
its unilateral course of emissions trading, especially on the eve of [the]
GIACC meeting,” says FAA director of the office of environment and energy Carl
is attending GIACC as an adviser. FAA deputy assistant administrator for
aviation policy, planning and environment Nancy LoBue is the USA’s
performance-based approach focused on efficiency that fosters technology and
innovation is the goal, Burleson says.
the inaugural GIACC meeting in February it was stressed that there are a
variety of circumstances to take into account when tackling emissions, Burleson
says. “Countries have various levels of development and performance.”
multi-path approach comprising operational measures, market-based measures,
voluntary measures, improvements in air traffic management and technological
advances was also discussed, according to minutes from the meeting.
will also meet from 16-18 February 2009 and 1-3 June 2009.
the EU scheme, a cap was set at 97% of 2004-06 average emissions levels for the
first year, dropping to 95% from 2013. The agreement will also see 85% of
emissions certificates allocated to airlines for free, with 15% to be auctioned