EU Deputies Seek Delay for Airline Emissions Trade
The executive European Commission proposed last year that
inter-EU flights be included in the EU scheme, aimed at reducing
greenhouse gas emissions, from 2011, while international flights
into and out of the bloc should be included from 2012.
The parliament's transport committee, whose opinion is not
binding but will be considered by the lead environment
committee, suggested all flights be included from 2012 so that
airlines are treated equally.
The emissions trading system is the EU's key tool to battle
global warming and meet commitments agreed under the Kyoto
It sets limits on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) big
industries may emit and allows them to buy or sell allowances
based on whether they overshoot or undercut their targets.
The aviation proposal has drawn sharp criticism from the
United States and other countries who object to their air
carriers being included in the EU scheme.
The transport committee also voted to limit the number of
CO2 permits that airlines have to buy to 20 percent of their
total quota of allowances. The rest should be given to them free
of charge, the committee said.
The committee suggested a later date be used as a base for
determining future airline emissions limits. It backed 2007-2009
instead of 2004-2006, as proposed by the Commission.
The aviation proposal is expected to be put to a vote before
the full parliament later this year.