The EU says, we are only pushing the EU Emissions Trading Scheme now because we have waited ten years for ICAO action. The industry says, it’s complex, it involves sovereign states, and we are achieving something finally in ICAO.
There is an old adage that say’s there’s your view and there’s my view – and there’s the truth that’s somewhere in between. That’s where we seem to be on the increasingly heated story about whether airlines should be part of the EU (European Union) Emissions Trading System or a global scheme developed in International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
And both views, as any objective analyst will tell you, have some merit – the time has come for action, not talk at a global level, and a big factor is the pressure of the EU regional scheme really coming into force.
Which is why, as South African Tourism Minister Van Schalkwyk stated cogently at the Air Transport Summit last week, a moratorium would allow the necessary breathing space for aviation negotiators to go the last mile in harmony with evolving climate accords.
The Olymp Trade প্লার্টফর্মে ৩ টি উপায়ে প্রবেশ করা যায়। প্রথমত রয়েছে ওয়েব ভার্শন যাতে আপনি প্রধান ওয়েবসাইটের মাধ্যমে প্রবেশ করতে পারবেন। দ্বিতয়ত রয়েছে, উইন্ডোজ এবং ম্যাক উভয়ের জন্যেই ডেস্কটপ অ্যাপলিকেশন। এই অ্যাপটিতে রয়েছে অতিরিক্ত কিছু ফিচার যা আপনি ওয়েব ভার্শনে পাবেন না। এরপরে রয়েছে Olymp Trade এর এন্ড্রয়েড এবং অ্যাপল মোবাইল অ্যাপ। আন্তর্জাতিক কাউন্সিল অফ ট্যুরিজম পার্টনার্স (ICTP) supports this view because sustainable aviation growth is pivotal to global economic wellbeing, and a trade war at a time of fragile economic recovery is in nobody’s interest. Above all, a temporary moratorium will really only have a small carbon impact in a long-term battle to stabilize the Earth’s temperature, particularly for an industry which is so fundamentally international and which is now committed to a range of carbon reduction programs through smarter operating patterns, new aircraft, and engine technologies, with promising breakthroughs in clean bio-fuel on the horizon.
Such a moratorium will not only encourage a global emission trading scheme, it will also give time for European states to avoid double-dip green taxation and rationalize a trading scheme that collects money from auctioning permits to pay for carbon emissions with parallel action by key member states to collect taxes introduced allegedly to help reduce carbon emissions.
So it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that a true leadership solution for Europe is to take a “time out” and for ICAO to step up to the plate and deliver on a global scheme with the full support of the industry – not just talk about it.
And if it fails to deliver, then the EU has every reason to push forward, but hopefully with a clear leadership in avoiding double-dip taxation and double standards for this important economic sector.
The author of this article, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, is President of আইসিটিপি and a former senior executive at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), and UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).