Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The ICAO governing council, which had previously hoped to have a draft global emissions proposal by the end of this year, is now indicating that its plan won't be ready until next spring. The proposal would still be ready to be voted on at ICAO's 38th assembly in fall of 2013. The new timing could complicate attempts to defuse tensions between the EU and States such as China, India and the U.S. over the EU's aviation emissions plan, as States may not know the full details of ICAO's alternative plan before charges under the EU's plan come due. Of course, reports from last week suggest that such concerns may be moot as the disagreement between the EU and China appears destined to reach a head long before the end of 2012. At this point, ICAO's plans are perhaps best described as peripheral to the present conflict.