On 19 March 2014, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament (“EP”) rejected a deal to maintain the exemption for flights to and from non-EU airports from the EU Emissions Trading System (“ETS”) until 2016. The informal deal between the Council of the EU and the EP was made on 4 March 2014 and aims to support an international agreement for 2016. Following the Committee’s negative vote, the proposal will be submitted to an EP plenary vote on 3 April 2014.

The European Commission’s website on EU ETS and aviation can be accessed here:

http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/transport/aviation/index_en.htm