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EU scheme seeks UN’s support

By: Alethia Tiang, Global
Published: Feb 15, 2012


Global - Governments and the EU's executive European Commission are looking to the UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to find a global scheme that curbs airline emissions.

Siim Kallas, the European Commission's vice-president for transport, announced at Monday's aviation conference in Singapore that the EU will continue to implement the emissions levies for international airlines, as it's a "very high-profile environmental issue".

27 countries will be meeting next week in Moscow to discuss more about the EU scheme.

The EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which charges airlines for carbon emissions, was seen to be discriminatory. Since its launch, it has drawn strong opposition from airlines outside of the EU, including China, India and the US.

Last week, China banned its airlines from participating in the scheme without its permission, threatening to take measures to defend its airlines against the scheme.

Tom Enders, chief executive of Airbus, expressed his concerns with the tensions the ETS has created at a media conference prior to the Singapore Airshow.

"What started out as a solution for the environment has become a source of potential trade conflict and that should be a worry for all of us," he said.

However, Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, president of the ICAO council, said he was confident the council will find a solution, Reuters reported.


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