Thursday, August 2, 2012
The two-day meeting of countries opposed to the EU's aviation emissions regulation ended yesterday. In attendance were Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. As we wrote on Monday, the fact that EU opponents were even having this meeting to explore common ground and attempt to help along the ICAO process demonstrates a desire for an actual ICAO solution, as opposed to merely a victory over the EU. At the same time, comments coming out of the meeting suggest a global solution is still some way off and unlikely to be ready in time to head off conflict next Spring.