EU eases up on carbon constraints

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T The European Union has recommended the cessation of forced limitations on carbon emissions from international flights in and out of the EU until negotiations to establish a global accord to reduce pollution are settled next year.The proposal was proffered to “create a positive atmosphere” for the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) discussions on limiting carbon emissions next September, according to European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.However, there is a risk of backlash from budget airlines flying within the EU whose operations will still be subject to carbon discharge limits, according to Climate Spectator. “This is a chance; we create this phase for a positive negotiations but it has to be used… If this exercise ends in nothing then needless to say we are back to exactly where we are today with the EU ETS and we are back there automatically,” Ms Hedegaard said. Most international carriers are still weary of ICAO’s ability to completely satisfy the EU’s strong position on carbon emissions.United States aviation representative, Airlines for America, said that it was “cautiously optimistic” but believed “a global sectoral approach through ICAO is the best way to address aviation emissions.”“Countries such as the USA, Russia, China and India have repeatedly stated that the issue should be dealt with in ICAO… Now they have the chance to show that they mean it,” Association of European Airlines secretary general Athar Husain Khan said.The European Commission intends to present a formal proposal on the freezing of carbon restrictions on international flights “very, very soon,” Ms Hedegaard said.last_img

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