Title/Subject: European struggles and American resistance: inclusion of aviation into the EU ETS
Supervisors: Dr Richard Cowell / Dr Oleg Golubchikov
- MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University, 2012
- MSc Global Environmental Governance, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2011
- BA International Relations and Diplomacy, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, 2010
- BA International Relations (exchange), Univeristà di Roma La Sapienza, 2009
Pawel’s research focuses on international dimensions of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) - a CO2 trading scheme – and specifically the move by the EU to include international aviation within this scheme. This extension of the EU ETS can be viewed as unilateral step of the European Union (EU) to regulate a global issue, which sets a new path for environmental governance, bypassing international organisations responsible hitherto for aviation regulation. Important questions therefore arise about the nature of this policy change, how it came about, and the arguments it has generated in policy-making processes on both sides of the Atlantic.
Aviation is a rapidly growing industry sector whose development has been related to climate change due to CO2 emissions produced, but which has been treated as exceptional in certain important respects (kerosene exempted from taxes, international flight tickets exempted from VAT, various sectoral tax reliefs). The recent efforts of the EU led to the inclusion of international aviation into the EU ETS. According to the regulations all carriers whose flights are landing or departing on the EU territory are required to buy CO2 allowances to cover emissions produced throughout the whole trip.
The aim of this research is to analyse the policy-making processes surrounding the process of including aviation in the EU ETS, both within Europe itself, and in the international responses coming from the US and organisations such as International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The research asks what are the differences surrounding aviation pollution policy in the EU and US and how can those be understood in a broader context of multi-level governance?
The answer will be provided by the analysis of how different actors (industry, authorities, environmental non-governmental organisations (eNGOs), sectoral organisations) have been participating in decision-making or reacting to the policy change. The research design involves policy documents analysis coupled with high-profile interviews. This study contributes to understanding the mechanisms of decision-making in aviation both in the US and the EU context. It improves understanding transnational policy networks and the strategies they use to influence decision-making and their dynamics
Pawel’s project was started with a pilot study in June-August 2012. The data collection took place between February-May 2013 in Washington, DC and the EU part of the study is scheduled for March 2013. The thesis is to be submitted by September 2015.
Pustelnik, P.P. European Commission’s sing-along: civil society as a last resort in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme debate. Presented at: Risks and Opportunities in the Civil Society – Public Institutions Relationship; A Re-Assessment of the EU and Global Policy Process. LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy.
Pustelnik, P.P. “I want it all, I want it now” - EU’s unilateralism in climate governance. Revisited. Presented at: The European Union in International Affairs IV. Free University, Brussels, Belgium.
Pustelnik, P.P. 2013. “I want it all, I want it now” - EU’s unilateralism in climate governance. Presented at: 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations. University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland.
Pustelnik, P.P. 2013. Competition for Legitimacy in Global Environmental Governance: ICAO, EU and Emission Trading for International Aviation. Presented at: The Legitimation and Delegitimation of Global Governance Organizations. Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.
Pustelnik, P.P. 2013. Dark skies over the green EU aviation – a storyofblocked emissions trading system implementationand climate governance. Presented at: Indian-European Multilevel Climate Governance Research Network (MCGRN) Workshop: Conceptualizing Multi-level Governance in Transition Processes towards Low Carbon Growth. Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.
Chair of the Conference Committee (rotating), Breaking Boundaries: An interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Humanities conference. Cardiff University, 23rd April 2015.
Conference Committee Member, Sustainable environmental politics and economy. Environmental Policy Research Centre at Freie Universität Berlin, 3rd-4th July 2015