EU court backs ETS amid controversy
Even with foreign carriers wholly opposed to the emissions trading scheme, industry officials realize something must be done to combat climate change. “The impact of aviation on the environment is a global problem requiring a global response,” Vijay Poonoosamy, vice president of international and public affairs at Etihad Airways, said. But it’s problem that remains unanswered by the EU ETS, he explained.
Calling the ETS “divisive, disputed and distracting,” Poonoosamy laid out what he considers a better approach to sustainability. “I urge all those supporting and all those opposing EU ETS to channel their energies in helping ICAO diligently develop a credible global response,” he said Thursday after learning about the preliminary ruling.