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Climate protection: EU must strengthen role as aviation pioneer
International aviation is the fi rst and so far only industrial sector with a worldwide CO2 emissions target. To put things in perspective, the widely acclaimed Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 doesn’t yet contain any comparable provisions.
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Climate protection: Time for government action at ICAO
German airlines only consumed an average of 3.63 litres of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometres in 2015. This proves that the industry takes over a leadership role when it comes to climate protection. Now it’s the policymakers’ turn: The member states of the UN aviation organisation ICAO now have until 7 October in Montreal to establish a global climate-protection instrument.
Article Graphic: CO2 emissions Average consumption
Climate protection: EU unilateral solution on emissions trading must end in 2016
Currently intra-European flights are subject to EU emissions trading, thus placing local network carriers at a clear disadvantage – and indirectly promoting detours via Persian Gulf hubs.
Article Graphic: Extra costs for European connecting flights
EU: Strategically align aviation policy
The European Commission is currently developing a comprehensive aviation policy package for Europe. The airlines are supporting the effort: In mid-June, the CEOs of the five largest EU airlines presented a joint position paper.
Climate protection: Lufthansa Group leading the way, policy makers must offer stronger support
The airlines of the Lufthansa Group set a new record in efficiency in 2014, consuming only 3.84 litres of kerosene per 100 passenger kilometres. Policy makers are trying to support this development through various regulations. Yet numerous measures and missteps are having the opposite effect.
Current study shows: German aviation at a disadvantage in global competition
A study by Prof. Dr. Bert Ruerup investigates political and business conditions for various airlines from Europe, the U.S., and Asia. The comparison shows that conditions in Germany are living up to international competition less and less as time goes by – a serious burden with far-reaching consequences for German airlines and international hubs in Germany.
Emissions trading: Go-it-alone strategy straining EU airlines
In early April, the European Parliament decided to limit emissions trading for aviation to intra-European flights only until the end of 2016, thus averting an international conflict for the timebeing.
Grand Coalition: Aviation policy must be given high priority
The German federal government wants to strengthen aviation. The promises made must now be followed by actions. Transport-policy decisions taken in the new legislative session will significantly determine whether Germany continues to have a future as a leading aviation hub.
Climate protection: IATA showing the way
A global sector like air transport needs global framework conditions. The International Air Transport Association demonstrates how climate protection can be advanced worldwide – also in an appeal against regional measures taken unilaterally, such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
Emissions trading: Distorting competition at the expense of the EU airlines
The UN ICAO Assembly will meet in late September to discuss, among other things, the important issue of a draft global emissions levy.
Emissions trading: Distortion of competition harms Europe’s airlines
The EU wants to limit the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for aviation to intra-European flights until the end of 2013. That would result in a serious distortion of competition at the expense of the EU airlines. Network carriers like Lufthansa and Air France/KLM would be especially hard hit
EU Emissions trading: Opposition persists
International criticism over the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for aviation is growing ever fiercer. In a recent example, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood called it a “lousy policy,” offering up his assessment of the emissions trading scheme.
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