The emissions-trading battle continues
Kenji Hashimoto, the new cargo head at American Airlines, also says his carrier is doing all it can to impose a culture of sustainability. He sees that the EU imposed the scheme to get the ball rolling more quickly on emissions, but that it wasn’t necessary. “It didn’t take the EU ETS to get people focused on emissions and fuel burn and noise pollution and all those kinds of things. Those things were already going on long before the EU ETS was even being papered up,” Hashimoto says.
Atlas’ Flynn says he, like representatives from other airlines around the world, has begun putting into place processes that would allow for payment of the tax. He’s hopeful that ICAO will be able to boil out a solution during their next few meetings and present an alternative before year’s end, but for now, airline representatives are begrudgingly proceeding as normal.
“Yes, people will have to start paying. We’ve already accrued to pay,” he says. “I think as we come into 2013, the ETS is certainly going to get a lot of focus, and hopefully we converge with the right answer.”