EU Excludes Long-Haul Flights From ETS Until 2016

The European Union (EU) plans to exempt long-haul flights from being charged for carbon emissions for a further two years. The EU plans to postpone the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) on long-haul flights until 2016 when it hopes a global deal on emissions is agreed, as was promised by the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in October. The plan will be debated by member states, which are due to give their decision today (March 7). However, some have opposed the decision, claiming it weak and ineffective and have argued that the delay will impact on global emissions. "With today's deal, European governments have conceded again to international pressure without getting anything meaningful in return, let alone guarantees that soaring international aviation emissions will one day be tackled," said Bill Hemmings, aviation manager at Transport and Environment.

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