Friday, October 4, 2013
The ICAO Assembly ratified an emissions agreement on the final day of its triennial meeting. The plan commits ICAO to drafting by 2016 a detailed global market-based-mechanism for limiting carbon emissions from aviation. The MBM would enter into effect starting in 2020. In somewhat of a surprise, ICAO voted not to permit the EU to apply its ETS to foreign airlines, even if limited to the portion of the flight taking place over EU airspace. Legally, the EU has the right to regulate its own airspace, and as such the EU Parliament could choose to ignore ICAO's position on this issue. It is highly unlikely to do so, however, as the rest of the international community clearly does not intend to comply with the EU regime. Next week the blog will provide some more detailed commentary on the results of the 2013 assembly, but for now a summary can be found here.