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Member of European Parliament makes case to back single Global Aviation Emissions Trading Scheme to plenary

After getting massive support from the European Parliament’s Transport Committee in June 2017 to ‘Stop the Clock’ on the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme for aviation, Conservative Transport Spokesman, Jacqueline Foster MEP moved the debate to the floor of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

In a speech at the European Parliament about the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) debate, Foster had this say:

“President, colleagues. First, I would like to thank my good colleagues on the Transport (TRAN) Committee and other members who have been so supportive.

We need a single Global Emissions scheme, and it is imperative that the EU allows time for the groundbreaking International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) negotiations discussions to be concluded. Constructive talks are already underway, and it is vital that countries such as the US, China, India and others are included, as they are major players in this field.

I would note that the US can still be part of CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation), as neither the aviation nor maritime sectors are included in COPP.

To avoid duplication and excessive bureaucracy, the global scheme must include all international, intra-EEA and domestic flights.

To date, more than seventy countries have voluntarily signed up to the Scheme, which between them emit nearly 90% of aviation CO2 emissions worldwide.

We believe that all future revenues should be ring-fenced by Member States, and must be re-invested in R&D projects, such as SES, Clean Sky and SESAR.

To avoid the risk of a future ‘Snap Back’ to the EU ETS, which severely damaged our international relations and our aerospace sectors, it is vital that our TRAN text amendments proposed be supported. This will be the best opportunity that we have for the European Union to be part of a global solution, supported by Member States, the Commission, including Commissioner Bulc, and industry, and bringing all key world players onside.

And of course, Commissioner, it is vital that we ‘Stop the Clock’.”

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