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  • Potential coexistence of two systems puts European carries at global disadvantage.

Today, the European Parliament has voted on the European Commission’s proposal to keep the scope of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) to cover flights within the EU, known as “Stop the Clock”.

 “The European Commission’s proposal to continue the application of aviation ETS only to flights within the European Economic Area is the right step for a transition to a global offsetting scheme to address aviation carbon emissions. Member States have voted in favour of a single global scheme to address climate change – the European Parliament can’t ignore this without risking Europe’s credibility. It is now crucial that the Council comes to a swift conclusion; there can be no double burden for European airlines which puts them in a competitive disadvantage. During the upcoming Trilogue meetings there needs to be certainty for European operators enabling them to focus their efforts on the implementation of the global deal to effectively tackle climate change,” said Thomas Reynaert, A4E’s Managing Director.

A4E has strongly supported the global landmark deal which means that growth in carbon emissions will be capped to keep the total carbon impact of aviation below 2-3% of manmade emissions in the next decade. The global scheme will complement industry efforts on an international level to develop cleaner aircraft, switch to low-carbon fuels and operate more efficiently. With an ICAO scheme in place, A4E expects this to be the only measure applicable to carbon emissions from flights within the European Economic Area as per 2021.

Note to Editors:

Trilogue is a type of meeting used in the EU legislative process. They are used if the Council of the European Union does not agree to the amendments proposed by the European Parliament at the second reading. A trilogue is understood as an equally composite tripartite meeting between those involved in the legislative process of the EU institutions. These bodies are the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament.

About A4E:

Airlines for Europe (A4E) is Europe’s largest airline association, based in Brussels. Launched in January 2016, the association consists of Aegean, airBaltic, Air France KLM, Cargolux, easyJet, Finnair, Icelandair, International Airlines Group (IAG),, Lufthansa Group, Norwegian, Ryanair, TAP Portugal, Travel Service and Volotea, and plans to grow further. With more than 550 million passengers on board each year, A4E members account for more than 70 per cent of the continent’s journeys, operating more than 2,700 airplanes and generating more than EUR 100 billion in annual turnover.