Jun 22, 2012
EU emissions trading scheme a ‘polarising obstacle’Back
Beijing|Aircraft|Aviation|transport|Europe|China|United Kingdom|Environmental|Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez|Tony Tyler|Operations
© Reuse this
“To meet our ambitious targets, we will, at least initially . . . need globally coordinated, positive market-based measures,” said International Air Transport Association (Iata) director-general Tony Tyler in Beijing last week. He was speaking on the sidelines of the organisation’s 2012 annual general meeting.
“The ETS is not a stepping stone on the way; it is a polarising obstacle that is preventing real progress,” he added, noting that China was at the forefront of the opposition to the European ETS. The Asian giant had barred its airlines from participating in the scheme.
“Sustainability should unite the world with a common purpose [and] not divide it with affronts to sovereignty that risk a trade war that nobody wants and from which no winner can emerge,” said the British-born Tyler, who has been at the helm of Iata for just under a year.
He said while nobody would deny the EU the credit for moving sustainability up the global agenda, the bloc should take “credible action to defuse the situation and get on with finding the global solution that everybody was hoping for”.
However, Tyler noted that all stakeholders, including Europe, agreed that the only solution was a global agreement through the Interna- tional Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) at its 2013 assembly. But such an agreement was impossible, given that Europe was apparently intent on implementing its ETS unilaterally, rather than sincerely negotiating a multilateral agreement.
Meanwhile, ICAO president Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez said the organisation was working on the development of a global carbon dioxide certification standard for aircraft, with a target of having it ready during 2013. The organisation was also working on the global implementation of greener operations and relevant tools to quantify the environmental benefits.
Gonzalez said much progress had been made regarding the development of alternative aviation fuel, with 300 such initiatives under way worldwide. He added there had been a substantial increase in the number of international consortia working in this area globally.
While the technological aspects of biofuels for aviation had proved to be viable, ensuring the availability of such fuels remained a challenge, Gonzalez concluded.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other News This Week News
Updated 16 minutes ago Andile Sangqu, former Xstrata and current Implats executive and new vice-president of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, has sprung to further prominence as the new executive head of Anglo American South Africa. Anglo American plc also announced on Thursday that...
Updated 18 minutes ago European manufacturer Airbus is confident that it will win more orders for its flagship A380 Superjumbo airliner before the end of this year. "We should have some orders for the [A]380 this year," company chief operating officer: customers John Leahy told aviation...
Updated 52 minutes ago Allegations that South Africa promised a $10-million bribe to a former FIFA vice president to win its 2010 World Cup bid were unfounded, a South African Football Association (SAFA) spokesperson said on Wednesday. “We are disappointed at the allegations ... they are...
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
This Week's Magazine
While economic forecasts for the African continent are most favourable, African airlines may not be able to benefit from the expected growth in the region’s gross domestic product (GDP), International Air Transport Association VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi has warned....
The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will need to change substantially post 2020, says Metair Investments South African operations COO Ken Lello. “We must not make tweaks. We have to change. What we are doing is not sustainable.”
Banking group Absa’s forecast is for the rand to end the year at around R13 against the dollar, weakening further to R13.50 by 2016, says Absa sectoral analyst Jacques du Toit. He warns that possible interest rate hikes in the US may see capital being pulled from...
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue...