Freight Forwarders' welcome Global Agreement on Aviation Emissions

FIATA and CLECAT are pleased that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) reached a decision on a mechanism to reduce aviation emissions. On Friday, 4 October in Montreal at ICAO's 38th Assembly agreed to come up with a global market based measure (MBM) for international aviation for implementation from 2020. The aim is to have 'carbon neutral growth from 2020 and halving emission by 2020 based on 2005 levels.'

Jean-Claude Delen, FIATA's Immediate Past President noted that the international freight forwarding industry is pleased that the airline industry will ultimately come up with market-based measures (MBMs) to incentivise emissions abatement while maintaining a level playing-field in what is a strongly competitive international industry. This industry is in need of a consistent and accurate standard for monitoring, verification and monitoring of carbon emissions. Mr Delen said: "This agreement is an important step and we do expect that the aviation industry, like any other industry continues to seek for emissions reductions through improved technology, operations and alternative fuels to reduce emissions."

Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General of CLECAT said: "The resolution creates however uncertainty regarding the future of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). For us, any application of the EU ETS should as a matter of principle to avoid discrimination and unfair competition among the airlines. Therefore, we urge the EU to clarify its intention regarding the EU ETS. At the same time, the text contains some loopholes and the challenge remains to keep all developing countries on board and to have them to participate in the MBM."

Note for the editors

FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), was established in Vienna in 1926, and is the largest Non-Governmental Organization in the field of International Transport and logistics. Its membership includes National Freight Forwarders Associations, operating in over 100 countries, representing over 45,000 local logistics companies, employing in excess of 10 million persons, as well as individual members domiciled in over 150 countries.

CLECAT is the Brussels based organisation representing the interests of more than 19.000 companies employing in excess of 1.000.000 staff in logistics, freight forwarding and customs services. European freight forwarders and Customs agents clear around 95% of all goods in Europe and handle 65% of the cargo transported by road, 95% of the cargo transported by air and 65% of cargo transport by ship.

Contacts:

Hans G√ľnther¬†Kersten, Director General

FIATA

Tel: + 41432116500

Email: kersten(at)fiata.com

www.fiata.com

Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General

CLECAT

Tel: + 32 2503 4705

Email: nicolettevdjagt(at)clecat.org

www.clecat.org

10 October 2013

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