Scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading:
- extracts of the debate on the report Peter LIESE (EPP, DE)
Première transmission: 15/04/2013
Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
Fin de production: 15/04/2013
MEPs have debated on the report carried out by Peter LIESE (EPP) on a temporary exclusion of intercontinental flights from The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). This "Stop the Clock" proposal looks for a temporary derogation of the Article 16 of the EU ETS Directive which sets obligations to flights operating to and from the EU to pay for permits for polluting emissions.
On November 9th 2012, the European Commission announced a proposal to suspend the application of the EU ETS for intercontinental flights. The rapporteur in principle welcomes the Commission proposal and recommends a quick adoption.
This proposal comes after an international uproar on this subject and the thread of some airlines to mount a legal challenge to exempt this regulation. Peter LIESE proposal aims to exempt the aviation sector until the International Civil Aviation Organization presents his global emissions deal on an Assembly on September 2013. Third countries opposing the European scheme always said that they want a global solution under ICAO. This measure is intended to reinforce the positive momentum in ICAO and to enhance the chances for developing a global market based measure.
MEPs will vote on the report on Tuesday.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the EP, Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE (German) Peter LIESE Rapporteur (EPP, DE)
What do we want to achieve? Is that in September 20013 at the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) there is a framework for a world wide convention . We must be very precise. But we are not so naive thinking that all those problems will be soled in September, and that there will be a world wide system starting from the 1st of January 2014. So we need a transition scheme, which allows us to adapt.
||SOUNDBITE (German) Peter LIESE Rapporteur (EPP, DE)
"We must go to the third countries and convince them . I appeal in particular to the US secretary of State John Kerry. In the senate, in the US he table a Kerry-Lieberman bill: US emission trading for everybody in the US, including for the European airlines. If John Kerry doesn't make an effort for a world wide agreement he will loos his credibility . Is not only up to the EU, but also up to the US and the other third countries if we want to achieve that. This is the message that we need to send up via our delegation tomorrow to the outside world"
||SOUNDBITE (English) Connie HEDEGAARD EU Commissioner for Climate Action
After nearly 2 decades of negotiation there has be no internationally agreed principle on who has the responsibility and the authority to control emissions from the international flights. This is a problem, of course because of the emissions themselves, but also, as Mr Liese just stated, because of reasons of fairness. How do we explain to our citizens that we take measures to reduce emissions from their daily use of cars, or heating or using on the farms, etc, if we, at the same time do nothing about the very significant emissions of every passenger taking a intercontinental flights.....
||01.51 SOUNDBITE (English) Connie HEDEGAARD EU Commissioner for Climate Action
At the 2013 ICAO assembly we need to agree in an immediately applicable and meaningful framework that guide the initial agreement on the market place mechanisms , a realistic time table for a global market place mechanism and an ambitious set of technological and operational measures.
||SOUNDBITE (German) Richard SEEBER (EPP, AT)
I think is a pity that the member states are no ready, when it's comes to the money that they get from these emission trade, they are no ready to bind it to certain purposes, to certain investments. I think the member states must be fair, they should be binding of the revenues from ETC and aviation for action in to pro environment measures. I think industry will all accept this objective solution
||SOUNDBITE (German) Matthias GROOTE S&D , DE)
For 1 year to suspend our legislation so that we can have an international agreement. For the autumn this year. What is clear is that such an agreement must have certain substance. What is also clear is that will no right this agreement. It's difficult with 27 member states to achieve agreement, but if you have 117 or more around the table, than it will be more difficult, we have to be prepared to make a compromise to reach an international agreement.
||SOUNDBITE (English ) Chris DAVIES ALDE , UK)
I would like the Commissioner to come back to the issue of Switzerland, there were certain questions raised by my group. We have an agreement here; we need to insure that there will be no changes and no further delays.
Lets hope that this in an example showing that the EU is able to use its position in this arena of international negotiations to actually secure some very positive and biding commitments to other member states, across the world to make progress in this agenda .
||SOUNDBITE (Finnish ) Satu HASSI Greens /ALE, FI)
The EU want an international system to reduce aviation emission. In fact in international negotiation the most important argument against this is the so called common but differentiated responsibility principles.. China and India., among the others constantly side .
The best way to neutralise the arguments of China and India against international aviation emissions trading will be to promise that we will use the money that we will get ourselves to help climate actions by developing countries, but unfortunately the governments of the EU countries refused this. This would be a real way to promote the creation of an international system to bring down the aviation emission. Unfortunately many interpret then outcome that the EU is surrendering to the international campaigns staged by the airlines.