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EU increases emissions costs of aviation industry

The European Union (EU) is preparing to increase the emissions payments of the commercial aviation sector.

The European Council announced that an agreement has been reached between the member states and the European Parliament (EP) on the revision of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) rules applied to the aviation industry.

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Pointing out that the EU aviation sector aims to contribute to the emission reduction target under the Paris Climate Agreement, it was stated that the agreement will reduce flight emissions.

“According to the agreement, the EU emissions trading system will be implemented for intra-European flights, including the United Kingdom and Switzerland,” the statement said. expression was used.

Pointing out that the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme (CORSIA) for international aviation will be valid for non-European flights from 2022 to 2027, it is stated in the statement that if emissions from foreign flights to or from Europe increase by 85% above 2019 levels, It was noted that countries participating in the CORSIA will need to be offset by carbon credits.

In the statement, it was stated that after the meeting in 2025 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which developed CORSIA, the EU Commission will evaluate the implementation of CORSIA and whether it is sufficient to reduce emissions, and if CORSIA is not sufficient, the commission will remove the scope of ETS from Europe. It was stated that it will make a proposal that includes expanding it to cover all flights departing.

 

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Pointing out that the member states and the EP have also agreed to gradually remove the free emission allowances for the aviation sector, it was noted that the free emission allowances will be removed by 25 percent in 2024, 50 percent in 2025 and 100 percent in 2026.

In the statement, it was underlined that the entire emission allowance in the EU will be put out to tender from 2026.

It was stated in the statement that fuels that will decarbonize aviation will be encouraged, and that 20 million free emission allowances will be allocated for this.

Airlines operating within Europe must obtain permission from the EU carbon market to meet the carbon dioxide emissions of their flights. Currently, most of these permits are provided to airline companies free of charge.

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