This week, Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) sent a letter to the U.S. delegation to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) urging them to protect U.S. passengers and airlines from the harmful effects of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). ALPA applauds Senators Thune and McCaskill for their steadfast support of a global solution to reducing aviation emissions.
ICAO reached agreement in October at the triennial meeting of the General Assembly to move forward on a global solution to reduce aviation emissions. All ICAO delegations, including the EU, agreed to the ICAO approach to reducing aviation emissions. Ironically, about one month later, the EU is moving forward with a modified unilateral scheme that will charge for aviation emissions over EU airspace.
The EU Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011 (S. 1956) grants the Secretary of Transportation the authority to prohibit U.S. carriers from participating in the EU ETS. ALPA and U.S. airlines worked diligently with Senators Thune and McCaskill to enact S. 1956 and we will continue to press the Administration to utilize the powers afforded them in S. 1956 should the EU pass a unilateral emissions trading scheme.