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Chinese airlines to subject to hefty carbon emission fees

04-17-2011 10:48 BJT

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Chinese airlines will be subject to hefty charges under the EU's new rule to charge carbon emission fees for all flights passing through its territory.

Chinese airlines must abide by the EU Emission Trading System, or ETS, from January first 2012.

11 Chinese airlines fly to Europe. It is estimated they will end up spending over 700 million yuan on carbon credits in 2012 alone under this new regime.

The carriers are joining together to protect their rights.

Zhu Qingyu, China Airline Transport Sssoc., said, "We have already contacted the IATA. And four Chinese airlines including Air China, Hainan Airline and China Eastern have agreed to join us in taking legal procedures against the EU on this issue."

A representative of the International Air Transport Association said the EU move goes against The International Civil Aviation Covenant.

The ETS was born in the wake of the 1998 Kyoto Protocol restricting world carbon emission volume.

It has grown to become the world's largest carbon emission trading market.

Countries and industrial plants can buy and sell carbon credits within the ETS.

But many within the civil aviation industry remain opposed to the system.

Zhu Qingyu, said, "According to their rules, non-European airlines begin to count carbon emissions from the point of departure. That's unfair. The EU put carbon emission quotas in the air market through force of law. This

means we have no choice but to buy what they are selling. It's against free market principles."

A flight from China to Europe could fly over a dozen countries.

Apportioning the responsibility and credits are complicated issues and China's airlines believe greater international involvement is essential.

"If the EU does impose carbon emission fees on all the world's airlines, it may be the first step by developed countries to deny developing countries any advantage on carbon emission trading when the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. YL, CCTV."



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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