The European Parliament’s environment committee voted today to strengthen the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) for aviation while also demanding a review in 2019 of the UN’s voluntary aviation offsetting scheme, known as CORSIA. The vote underlined the considerable scepticism surrounding the effectiveness of the global scheme while reinforcing Europe’s right to maintain an environmentally meaningful and strengthened regional measure, green group Transport & Environment (T&E) said.
While MEPs endorsed the Commission’s proposal to extend the exemption for flights from or to airports outside Europe, they however voted to limit this exemption until the end of 2020, at which time a further review by the Commission will be needed. The committee also wants the Commission to undertake a thorough assessment of the CORSIA global scheme, particularly the level of participation, the quality of carbon offsets, the transparency of the scheme, and safeguards against the use of unsustainable aviation biofuels. The review would be carried out within six months of the ICAO 2019 assembly. Should CORSIA not stand up to scrutiny, it may trigger a return to a full-scope ETS.
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