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Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún welcomes decision to include aviation in the EU's emissions trading scheme

8 July, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today welcomed the decision of MEPs to include aviation in the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS).

Speaking from Strasbourg after the vote the Climate Change Committee Member said "Since 1990 greenhouse gas emissions from EU international aviation have more than doubled and now account for 5-12% of the total EU CO2 emissions. Today, the European Parliament has agreed to a compromise package which although far from perfect will allow us to set limits on the aviation industry's emissions beginning in 2012.

By including aviation within the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) we are sending out a message that we are serious about tackling all the causes of climate change. The next ten years will be crucial in combating climate change and avoiding irreversible damage. It is important that in the review of EU's Emissions Trading Scheme the requirements on aviation from 2013 are more comprehensive."

Responding to claims that the new rules would lead to an increase in fares for European customers Ms de Brún stated:

"We all carry a responsibility to fight climate change including the aviation sector and those of us who regularly fly. Nobody can be exempted from this responsibility. The inclusion of aviation in the EU's emissions trading scheme is necessary and exaggerated claims about the negative effects of this measure cannot hide that."

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