Pushing the boundaries of the aviation spat

While the EU ETS in effect has a small impact on the aviation sector, it's political impact has been far reaching – and a solution to the conflict appears to be a way off.

Jos Delbeke, the EU director-general for climate, defended the decision to include international airlines in the bloc’s emissions trading system during a US Senate hearing last week, while officials in Brussels awaited carbon-emissions data from some Chinese and Indian air carriers.

The measure is part of a shared commitment with the US to reduce aviation’s climate impacts, said Delbeke in prepared testimony at a Senate commerce hearing on June 6 in Washington DC.

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