According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), taxation to spur a cut in aviation emissions based on Europe’s “Fit for 5”’ proposal is counter-productive.
IATA calls for a change in EU policy to support practical emission reduction measures such as Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) or the modernisation of air traffic management.
Willie Walsh – IATA’s General Director said that taxes to decarbonisation was not necessary. In fact, these taxes could support investments in fleet renewal and clean technologies in reducing emissions. “We need Governments to implement a constructive policy framework that, most immediately, focuses on production incentives for SAF and delivering the Single European Sky,” he said.
More specifically, Sustainable Aviation Fuels can reduce emissions by up to 80% compared to traditional jet fuel. Modernising European ATM through the SES initiative will cut Europe’s aviation emissions down from 6 to 10%, but national governments continue to delay implementation. New clean technologies such as electric or hydrogen need to be supported and continued to develop, according to IATA.
Willie Walsh added: “Aviation’s near-term vision is to provide sustainable, affordable air transport for all European citizens with SAF-powered fleets, operating with efficient air traffic management.”