The aviation sector is currently responsible for around 2% of all human-induced CO2 emissions. Despite facing a significant growth in demand during the next decades, the aviation sector has committed itself to carbon neutral growth from 2020 onwards, and to halve emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. In order to reach these targets, a basket of measures is being employed, including innovative technology and the use of sustainable alternative fuels, both in aircraft and at all stages of their production and operation.
A4E calls on all governments to support the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) proposed carbon offsetting scheme for aviation (CORSIA) to cap emissions from 2020 onwards. Ahead of the review of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for aviation, European legislators should assure the competitiveness of European carriers and avoid adverse financial and political implications. The implementation of the global ICAO scheme should render existing and new economic measures for international aviation emissions on a regional or national basis unnecessary. A4E’s expectation is that the global carbon offsetting scheme will replace the aviation ETS for international flights.