Here are the latest developments on aviation and the environment front.
Updates on COP/18
COP/18 in Doha: the airline industry came out of the negotiations well. Its role as a key driver of trade, tourism and economic development was reinforced and its actions to curb aviation emissions recognized. ICAO remains the industry’s global regulator on climate change issues.
Though no new taxes or levies were imposed on aviation, the issue of financing the Green Climate Fund established by the UNFCCC will continue to require IATA’s full attention.
ICAO HLPG: ICAO held the first meeting of its High Level Policy Group on Climate Change to attempt to resolve some key policy issues on the introduction of market-based-mechanisms following the EU ETS debacle.
As expected, this first meeting did not produce any decisions but it is clear that most States have little appetite for raising additional revenues from aviation. The next meeting will take place at the end of January 2013 and IATA/ATAG will again represent the industry.