Today, the European Parliament voted to end its plans to expand its carbon taxing scheme to U.S. and other international flights that enter EU airspace. ALPA applauds the European Parliament for allowing work to continue on a global solution to aviation emissions. ALPA has long opposed the imposition of the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) on U.S. airlines. The sole purpose of the EU-ETS was to increase general revenues for EU countries while costing U.S. jobs and doing nothing to reduce emissions from aviation.
ALPA and industry representatives have played a leading role in pushing back against the EU-ETS. In 2012, ALPA and U.S. airlines reached out to Senators Thune (R-SD) and McCaskill (D-MO) for assistance. The Senators introduced the bipartisan EU-ETS Prohibition Act on our behalf, which President Obama signed into law in December of 2012.
As Captain Moak and U.S. and E.U. airline CEO’s stated this afternoon at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 12th Annual Aviation Summit, aviation is the only industry to voluntarily come together globally to address carbon emissions and develop a path forward that creates a sustainable global aviation industry.ALPA has also commended recent actions by ICAO to move forward with the formulation of a Global Emissions Reduction Plan and reject the inclusion of commercial aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS).