Challenges in aviation governance: implementation of Single European Sky and EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Efthymiou, Marina (2016) Challenges in aviation governance: implementation of Single European Sky and EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Doctoral thesis, University of West London.

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Abstract

Traffic growth, capacity constraints, climate change and the necessity to develop a more cost efficient system led to an ambitious initiative to reform the architecture of airspace management. This initiative, launched by the European Commission (EC), is called Single European Sky (SES). The four Key Performance Areas (KPAs) of SES are environment; cost efficiency; capacity; and safety. In the environment KPA Performance Indicators for Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs) are established to ensure that improvement in sustainability is achieved. In addition, aviation is included in the European Union's Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS): the EC sets limits on CO2 emissions and provides economic incentives to airlines to reduce emissions by establishing a market-based trading system. EU-ETS can be used to simultaneously promote economic efficiency and achieve environmental goals on a sustainable basis.

The PhD research examines the existence of cancel-out effects between supply-led, i.e. SES, and demand-led management, i.e. EU ETS, policies by following a holistic approach. Environmental economics theory and industrial economics are applied to identify factors that have a significant influence on the two policies. Interestingly, and in spite of common objectives, the two schemes are governed by different bodies, which may fail to streamline their communication process. Hence, the PhD thesis also addresses the issue of governance and its possible failure regarding the full implementation and efficiency of the schemes.

From a methodological perspective, Delphi is conducted in two rounds to encapsulate policy complexity at an in-depth level. The target population comprises stakeholders involved in SES and EU ETS. To select candidates purposive and snowball sampling was used. Thus, the sample consists of 39 senior managers/experts from Civil Aviation Authorities; ANSPs; aviation-related organisations and institutions; and airlines.

Based on the results of the Delphi and building on its theoretical background, the PhD thesis then develops a conceptual model to address governance failure, thus effectively linking supply- to demand-oriented aviation policies in a holistic manner.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Single European Sky, Emissions Trading Scheme, Air Navigation Service Provider, Performance Indicators in aviation, Aviation Policy and Governance
Subjects: Hospitality and tourism > Tourism > Aviation > Airline management
Hospitality and tourism > Tourism > Aviation > Airport management
Hospitality and tourism
Depositing User: Dominic Walker
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2017 16:29
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2017 16:29
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3239

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