06 Feb '12, 6pm

China Orders Its Airlines Not to Pay EU Emissions Fee

China Orders Its Airlines Not to Pay EU Emissions Fee

Opposition to the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) stepped up today as the Chinese government officially forbade its airlines from paying into the cap-and-trade system when the rules go into effect in 2013. The Wall Street Journal reports that China's move is the latest among the more than two dozen countries, as well as aviation trade groups, that are opposed to the ETS, which will require airlines to pay for the greenhouse gas emissions from flights entering and leaving European airspace. From the Journal: "We and the Chinese government have repeatedly and clearly expressed our views on this policy, which are in line with those of the U.S.," said Chai Haibo, spokesman for the Chinese Air Transport Association, which counts China's four largest airlines as members. "These instructions from the (Civil Aviation Administration of China) represent the next step...

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