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The Environmentally Conscious Skies: Did the European Union’s Game of Brinksmanship Lead to a Viable Global Plan for Emissions Trading in Aviation?
Washington University Global Studies Law Review (2014)
  • Darren Prum
  • Kathryn Kisska-Schulze, Clemson University
Abstract

Effective January 1, 2012, the European Union (EU) instituted the first emissions trading scheme (ETS) for aviation which affected the domestic and international commercial airline industry flying into and out of the EU. The EU established the ETS to counter the global aviation sector’s role in releasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; however, such movement was met with heavy opposition by foreign countries, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), various commercial airlines and the Air Transport Association of America (ATA). This paper analyzes the legality of the EU’s unilateral ETS approach with respect to the commercial airline industry, examines the subsequent development of the ICAO’s global market based members (MBM) program, reviews strategic political strategies implemented by foreign nations to counter the EU’s unilateral action, evaluates the ICAO’s recent developments in instituting a global trading scheme to reduce GHG emissions, and proposes policy issues with respect to the ICAO’s MGM program as it applies to the EU ETS.

Keywords
  • aviation,
  • euorpean union,
  • international civil aviation organization,
  • greenhouse gas emissions,
  • cap and trade,
  • market based measures
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Darren Prum and Kathryn Kisska-Schulze. "The Environmentally Conscious Skies: Did the European Union’s Game of Brinksmanship Lead to a Viable Global Plan for Emissions Trading in Aviation?" Washington University Global Studies Law Review Vol. 14 Iss. 1 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/darren_prum/25/