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Sovereign rights still shackle EU carbon charges

Posted on 15 August 2014

More than a year after the EU was forced to rein in its scheme for charging airlines for emissions, some foreign carriers are still balking at paying. The EU’s unilateral push in 2012 to charge airlines for carbon emissions set off a diplomatic row with China, India and others and eventually Brussels backed down, confining its scheme to flights within the EU. Most airlines — those responsible for 98 per cent of the regulated emissions — paid up by a May 2013 deadline to submit a carbon permit for every tonne of carbon emitted on EU flights in 2012.
But some airlines, including Chinese and Indian carriers operating a tiny number of internal EU flights, have been holding out. Both have all along opposed the scheme, arguing their inclusion in the EU’s Emissions Trading System breached sovereignty rules………………………………………..Full Article: Source


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