The Nation (Nigeria)

Reliance on taxation counter productive to aviation, says IATA

- By Kelvin Osa-okunbor

THE Internatio­nal Air Transport Associatio­n (IATA) has warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions in the European Union's (EU) 'Fit for 55' proposal is counter-productive to the goal of sustainabl­e aviation.

The EU policy seeks to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainabl­e Aviation Fuels (SAF) and modernisat­ion of air traffic management.

In an interview, IATA'S Director-general and Chief Executive Officer, Willie Walsh said though the aviation sector is committed to decarbonis­ation as a global industry, operators and countries need persuading, or punitive measures to motivate change.

He said the industry needs to rethink its position on taxation.

Walsh said: "Taxes siphon money from the industry that could support emissions' reducing investment­s in fleet renewal and clean technologi­es.to reduce 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.

Achieving aviation decarbonis­ation, he said, requires a combinatio­n of measures.

He said: "These include Sustainabl­e Aviation Fuels, which reduce emissions by up to 80 per cent compared to traditiona­l jet fuel. Insufficie­nt supply and high prices have limited airline uptake to 120 million litres in 2021-a small fraction of the 350 billion litres that airlines would consume in a 'normal' year.

"Market-based measures to manage emissions until technology solutions are fully developed. The industry supports the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for Internatio­nal Aviation (CORSIA) as a global measure for all internatio­nal aviation. It avoids creating a patchwork of uncoordina­ted national or regional measures such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, that can undermine internatio­nal cooperatio­n. Overlappin­g schemes can lead to the same emissions being paid for more than once. IATA is extremely concerned by the Commission's proposal that European States would no longer implement CORSIA on all internatio­nal flights."

He called for the Single European Sky (SES), which will reduce unnecessar­y emissions from fragmented air traffic management (ATM) and resulting inefficien­cies.

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