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EU emissions trading scheme faces industry opposition

January 5, 2012, 05:08 pm

The European Union recently implemented its Emissions Trading Scheme over the aviation industry, requiring airlines landing or taking off in European states to meet specific carbon emissions requirements. Many members of the aviation industry, however, are opposed to the regulations and are refusing to pay the carbon charge.

The Economic Times reported Chinese airlines have decided not to pay a charge on carbon emission imposed by the EU, arguing the requirements infringe on international law. The EU Court of Justice heard complaints from airline groups in China, the United States, India and other countries, but rejected their claims.

Chai Haibo, deputy secretary general of the China Air Transport Association, told the source that the airline group believes the scheme is illegally forcing international airlines to comply with European regulations. The Chinese government is considering taking counter-measures against the European Union, but nothing has been announced.

In addition, the International Civil Aviation Organization has issued a statement to the EU urging officials not to require non-EU airlines to participate in the emissions trading scheme. The Helicopter Association International reported the U.S. House of Representatives has also passed a bill prohibiting U.S. airlines from participating in the scheme. Although airlines and legislators may disagree on the carbon emissions plan, most agree that pilot insurance is an important investment to keep pilots and their planes safe.

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