21 Dec '11, 9pm

EU Court Rules US Airlines Must Pay for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

EU Court Rules US Airlines Must Pay for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Airlines flying in and out of the European Union -- including U.S.-based airlines -- will have to pay for the greenhouse gas emissions from those flights, according to a ruling (PDF) today from the E.U.'s highest court. The European Court of Justice ruled against several U.S. and Canadian airlines and trade associations, including United, Continental and American airlines, and their trade group, Airlines for America, all of which argued that their inclusion in the E.U. Emissions Trading System violated international law and the Open Skies agreement between the E.U. and U.S. These airlines and trade associations weren't the only opponents of the E.U. Aviation Directive , the only global mandate covering aviation emissions. The governments of China, India, Australia, Russia, Korea and South Africa also came out publicly against the requirement. "Today's decision does not mar...

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