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Airlines told not to pay EU carbon tax

By Yang Jinghao (Global Times)

09:02, February 07, 2012

China has banned its airlines from complying with the ETS imposed by the European Union on Monday. Photo:

Civil aviation authorities Monday ordered the nation's airlines not to comply with the EU's Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), sending out China's "most concrete signal of opposition" to the unilateral carbon emission tax scheme.

"China objects to the EU's decision to impose the scheme on non-EU airlines, and has expressed its concerns through various channels," the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in a statement after releasing the directive.

The CAAC said it had been authorized by the State Council to notify all domestic airlines of the order. Under the directive, Chinese airlines are also prohibited from increasing fares or charging items on the grounds of the ETS.

The order came shortly after the scheme took effect January 1, which required international flights departing from or landing at the airports of the bloc's 27 nations to pay for the carbon emissions.

Airlines that refuse to comply with the EU scheme could possibly be fined 100 euros ($131.25) per ton of carbon dioxide or even face a flight ban in extreme cases, but the charges will not be collected until April 30, 2013.

"The ETS has violated the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and related principles and regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization," the CAAC argued.

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elee at 2012-02-07183.39.36.*
EU nations took China on rare earth in the WTO"s fiasco and a hefty carbon tax but wanting China to lend it plenty of eur or bucks to solve their blatant corruptions which are making them bankrupt. It’s like a night and day time dream about fairy tales and angels picking up the pieces for them! Fly NOT to EU or much fewer journeys; and instead fly more to Americas, North & South, The Pacifica Islands, Russia, The Far East nations, if going overseas is preferred!

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