Iata to push for global emission cap scheme

Iata to push for global emission cap scheme
Tony Tyler, director general and chief executive officer (CEO) of International Air Transport Association (IATA).

SINGAPORE - The International Air Transport Association (Iata) is committed to ensuring the successful adoption of proposals at the next International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) assembly in 2016 for a market-based measures (MBM) scheme to cap airlines' carbon emissions, said Iata's director-general Tony Tyler.

"We will work hard to see that happen. The worst possible outcome for us is the failure of states to implement a global scheme, with the result of a proliferation of regional schemes," said Mr Tyler, adding that this could lead to overlap and conflict.

The scheme should be efficient, fair and simple to understand, he emphasised. At the 38th assembly of the ICAO earlier this month, the United Nations aviation body agreed to establish a global scheme to curb the growth of greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry.

The next ICAO assembly in 2016 will see the first proposals for the single global scheme with the aim of implementing it in 2020.

This comes about a year after Europe put on hold its plans to incorporate international aviation in its Emissions Trading System (ETS), which would force airlines to pay an emissions tax to Europe based on the distance from the last point of take-off.

The plan incited staunch opposition from a number of countries, including China and India, that nearly sparked a trade war.

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