“As ICAO moves to decide which carbon credits airlines can use to comply with their international emissions limits, EU governments can use their collective diplomatic outreach to safeguard CORSIA’s integrity,” said Annie Petsonk, International Counsel for Environmental Defense Fund.“ EU States that are also ICAO Council members can press ICAO to deliver transparency, bar old dubious credits, and ensure each carbon credit is only counted once.”
While the EU requires flights within the EU to comply with its Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), in 2017 it stopped the clock on that system’s coverage of flights between Europe and third countries, to give ICAO a chance to negotiate a high-integrity global measure. With the ICAO Council’s decision pending, the global accord’s credibility is on the line.
Earlier this month a letter co-signed by EDF and other leading NGOs warned the ICAO Council of a “substantial backlash” if it fails to deliver a robust program of high integrity to reduce climate pollution from airlines. For Europe, the task rests on the seven member States currently sitting on the ICAO Council – Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Finland, Greece, and the Netherlands.
“EU countries must show their commitment to stand up CORSIA with integrity. If CORSIA is peppered with bad quality, double-counted emissions units, its effectiveness will be fundamentally weakened. Our ability to tackle climate change will therefore have taken a backward step,” said Petsonk.
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