MEP’s ETS report welcomed by environmentalists

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore November 29, 2013 12:12

MEP’s ETS report welcomed by environmentalists

Although Peter Liese’s, the European Parliament’s environment committee rapporteur, proposals to tighten the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) are being objected to by airlines, they have been welcomed by environmental groups.

Green campaign group Transport and Environment (T&E), says: “MEP Liese’s report puts a minimum of environmental effectiveness back into an unambitious Commission proposal.”

Liese is advising the EU to shorten a deadline for revising its relevant legislation from 2020 to 2016 to put more pressure on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to reach a global deal although he is not convinced ICAO will adopt clear rules in 2016.

As a result, Liese is proposing to reduce the timeframe and is effectively threatening the ICAO that the EU will revert to a full ETS from 2017 if global agreement is not reached.

Environmental organisations reacted warmly. “The Commission will have to come forward with a new and more sustainable proposal. There are no excuses to give ICAO more time,” says T&E.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore November 29, 2013 12:12
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