The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) today stated its "deep disappointment" in the decision by European States to "reserve" on certain aspects of ICAO's global emissions reduction framework, and has reiterated a commitment to challenge international aviation's inclusion in the EU's emissions trading scheme.
At the conclusion of ICAO's 37th Assembly, the organisation's 190 member states agreed to a global goal of improving fuel efficiency by 2% annually until 2050.
The resolution also requires the development of a global framework to manage market-based measures, which includes emissions trading schemes.
Part of the development includes a feasibility study to determine how the framework is created. ICAO is creating 15 principles for member states to use when designing and implementing market based measures. The emissions trading framework is due for review at ICAO's 38th assembly in 2013.
The European Union, meanwhile, plans to include international aviation into its emissions trading scheme from 2012.
ATA chief executive James May is expressing "deep disappointment" over a decision by Euorpean states to formally reserve on aspects of the ICAO resolution that reconfirm countries may impose emissions trading or other market-based measures on the carriers of other countries only through agreement and in accordance with treaty requirements and ICAO principles.
"Unfortunately, despite the tremendous step forward in cementing the international framework, the European States indicated their intent to continue to unilaterally impose their ETS and other measures on airlines from other countries, contrary to the will of all other States and contrary to international law," says May.
While ATA had hoped that an agreement at the assembly would "obviate the need for our legal challenge to the application of the EU ETS to our airlines; the European's resolve to ignore international law and key aspects of the new ICAO Assembly Resolution only strengthens our resolve to fight in favour of them", says May.
ATA and three of its members American, Continental and United have mounted a legal challenge against international aviation's inclusion into the EU's ETS, arguing is contrary to international law.