ASD concerned over the European Commission’s ETS proposal
Brussels, 18th October 2013 – The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) is disappointed and concerned over the Commission’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) proposal of 16 October. Following the promising outcome of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly less than two weeks ago, the European aerospace industry was looking forward to constructive international cooperation ahead of the next Assembly in 2016 in order to achieve by 2020 a global solution to the global problem that aviation emissions pose.
The European Commission is now proposing to apply EU ETS also to the portion of international flights to/from the EU that occurs within EU airspace. The ability to unilaterally impose a regional scheme on third countries was firmly voted down during the ICAO deliberations with 97 to 39 votes.
ASD fears that the proposal risks exposing the European aviation industry to trade retaliatory measures by third countries and urges the European Parliament and the EU member states in Council to consider fully its risks and consequences when deciding on the Commission’s proposal.
ASD represents the Aeronautics, Space, Security and Defence industries in Europe. Based in Brussels, the organisation’s membership today comprises 16 major European aerospace and defence companies and 27 member associations in 20 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, theCzech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK. With a direct workforce of over 730,000 the total annual industry turnover - with over 2,000 companies and 80,000 suppliers, many of which are SMEs - reaches €171.5bn.