Airlines write to EU leaders about ETS

Carriers want ETS to be shelved until global emissions plan is agreed

Seven aviation companies have officially complained today to Europe’s political leaders about the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Airbus and the chief executives of British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Air France, Air Berlin and Iberia say in their letter that the new tax threatens jobs and trade, and express concern about trade-related retaliation by countries that do not comply. The letter has been sent to, among others, Germany’s Angela Merkel, Britain’s David Cameron and France’s Francois Fillon. The airlines want the ETS to be postponed until a global carbon emissions plan is agreed by all.
In a draft of the letter seen by the BBC, politicians are urged to take a “compromise solution […] which will mitigate third-country concerns whilst protecting the environmental integrity of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.”
[pictured: contrails over France and the English Channel; photo courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC]