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Old June 9th, 2010, 06:15 PM   #201
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La Tribune: Air France-KLM at odds with EU environmental regulation
8 June 2010
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Air France-KLM has called for a revision of the EU environmental regulation concerning the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of airlines.

According to the company, the EU emission trading system may create discrepancies between European airlines and their non-European rivals.

According to Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, CEO of Air France-KLM, the European emission trading system should not be applied to long-haul flights before its approval by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Air France-KLM fears it may lose its competitive advantage against rivals from the Persian Gulf, which will not be forced to comply with the EU regulations.

Abstracted from an original article in La Tribune (Air France-KLM veut une révision des règles CO2) by Fabrice Gliszczynski.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 07:12 PM   #202
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Aviation deal clears way for emissions scheme - EU

BRUSSELS, Oct 9 (Reuters) - A global deal on emissions curbs by airlines struck late on Friday will allow the European Union to press ahead with plans to charge airlines for emissions permits from 2012, the European Commission said on Saturday.

The EU agreed in 2008 that airlines should be included in its emissions trading scheme (ETS), which forces industry to pay for permits for each tonne of carbon dioxide they emit into the atmosphere.

The ETS is the EU's main tool for combating climate change and it wants to see the system adopted worldwide. Aviation is responsible for some 2 percent of the world's carbon emissions.

Some U.S. airlines had challenged the EU's right to include their flights into and out of Europe within the ETS.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency, adopted a resolution on Friday to reduce aviation emissions with a "roadmap" up to 2050 for the 190 member states.

The aviation sector would seek to become 2 percent more fuel-efficient every year and to cap emissions from 2020.

European Commissioners for Transport Siim Kallas and for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard said in a statement they welcomed the breakthrough after almost a decade of deadlock with a deal to cover over 90 percent of worldwide air traffic.

"Crucially, ICAO has refrained from language which would make the application of the EU's ETS to their airlines dependent on the mutual agreement of other states," the Commission said, adding this had led to stalemate at the last ICAO assembly in 2007.

"This time, the EU agreed to engage constructively in dialogue with third countries during the implementation of its ETS, notably regarding how to deal with emissions from incoming flights from third countries," she continued.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 07:23 PM   #203
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Chinese airlines join US lawsuit vs EU ETS-Point Carbon

BEIJING, March 29 - Three Chinese airlines will join a US lawsuit against the EU in a bid to prevent the inclusion of non-European airlines in the bloc's emissions trading scheme.

The China Aviation Transportation Association (Cata) will act on behalf of the airlines, according to director of markets Zhu Qingyu.

"Cata will assist Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines to jointly sue the European commission for including non-member countries' airlines in the EU ETS," Zhu told Point Carbon News.

Cata wrote a letter in protest to the EU commission earlier this month using the same arguments as the Air Transportation Association of America (ATA) and three of its member companies -- American Airlines, Continental, and United Airlines.

That lawsuit claims the European plan to include flights to and from Europe in its emissions trading scheme from 1 January 2012 breaches US sovereignty, and is contrary to provisions in the Kyoto protocol.

The Chinese airlines will join the US lawsuit instead of filing their own case in order to save time, Zhu said.

"We will not exclude any possible measures to protect China's airline companies' benefit," he added.

Cata is hoping the Chinese government will take up the matter directly with the EU commission, and says it will urge policymakers in Beijing to take "corresponding measures" against the EU.

The EU on 7 March set a cap of 212.9 million CO2 permits for airlines when they join the EU ETS in 2012, but total demand for permits could cost the sector between $1-3 billion a year, according to analysts.

In the meantime, European airlines fear they could be disadvantaged in their own market if aircraft from outside the EU can fly to and from Europe without paying the cost of their carbon emissions.
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This thread will be revived as a union of multiple EU-related threads on aviation developments to become...

EASA | EU Aviation Regulations and Policies

since the EU is a powerful regulator of aviation policies, and it deserves to have its own space restored in this forum.
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EU aviation safety body to set up pilots' medical database by end 2016
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BRUSSELS, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Europe's aviation safety regulator aims to set up a medical database for pilots by December 2016 following the Germanwings crash earlier this year, it said on Tuesday.

The European Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) comments were in response to recommendations from a task force, which in July called for improved psychological screening of new pilots and a European database with details of medical visits.

A young pilot barricaded himself inside the cockpit and crashed a jet operated by Germanwings, part of Lufthansa , into the Alps in March, killing all 150 people on board.

Prosecutors have found evidence that Andreas Lubitz, who had suffered severe depression and may have feared losing his job, had researched suicide methods and concealed an illness from his employer, sparking a debate on supervision and medical secrecy.

As things stand, pilots can get specialist check-ups in any member state where the doctor has been certified by EASA. The database is intended to avoid "medical tourism", or going abroad to get a favourable certificate for a pilot's licence.

EASA said the database will facilitate the sharing of medical information while respecting pilots' privacy. But it conceded an obstacle would be the different national approaches to data protection, which are not within its remit.
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