ASD Calls on European Parliament to Maintain the EU ETS for Intra-EU Flights and CORSIA for International Flights

  • June 7, 2022
  • European Parliament will vote on a report which proposes to extend the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) beyond intra-EU flights
  • This measure would send a negative signal and could derail discussions in ICAO on the adoption of a global Long Term Aspirational Goal for civil aviation and the future of CORSIA
  • ASD therefore calls upon the European Parliament to support the original proposal by the European Commission for the EU ETS for aviation

Brussels, 7 June 2022 – Tomorrow, the European Parliament will vote during its Plenary session in Strasbourg on the ENVI Committee report on the Revision of the EU ETS for aviation.

The Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and its members are concerned about proposals in this report to amend the scope of the European Commission proposal on the matter. The European Commission has previously proposed to apply the EU ETS to intra-EU flights and to apply CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, implemented by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO) to international flights departing from and arriving to the EU.

This is essential because it would preserve the CORSIA integrity on one hand, and a level playing field by avoiding double charging on EU operators, on the other hand. As of today, CORSIA remains the only worldwide market-based means that can limit the CO2 emissions of aviation. The EU participation in – and support of – CORSIA are essential in this regard.

Should the European Parliament decide to divert from this approach and to cover in the EU ETS also departing flights and possibly arriving flights after 2027, this could disrupt already established international agreements and trigger reactions from third countries which have signed up to CORSIA or which are considering to do so.

We are also concerned that this would have negative impacts on the preparation and ultimately the outcome of the ICAO Assembly in September 2022. At the Assembly, critical decisions will be made on whether ICAO should adopt a Long-Term Aspirational Goal (LTAG) for international civil aviation CO2 emission reductions. The industry at the European and at the global level is keen that ICAO adopts a net zero target by 2050; any EU unilateral measure threatening the CORSIA integrity risks to derail the negotiation on LTAG, likely result in the inability of ICAO to adopt such an important target, and hence undermine aligned, global CO2 emission reduction efforts.

Against this background, the EU participation in CORSIA should under no circumstances be put into question. We call on the European Parliament to support the original scope proposed by the Commission; strengthened dialogue and climate diplomacy should be sought as a matter of priority to improve the CORSIA scheme, and the broader implication on the LTAG discussion should be considered.


Press contact:

Adrian Schmitz, ASD Communication Director

+32 473 13 33 30