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Airlines told not to pay EU green tax

By Xin Dingding, Zhao Shengnan and Wang Wen (China Daily)

08:46, February 07, 2012

Carbon emissions scheme hits turbulence as opposition grows

BEIJING - Domestic airlines have been banned from complying with the European Union's scheme to impose charges on carbon emissions from flights to and from Europe, the civil aviation authority said on Monday.

The charges are opposed by more than two dozen countries, including the United States, Russia and India.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China issued a directive, authorized by the State Council, to notify all domestic airlines of the ban.

"Without the approval of relevant government departments all airlines in China are prohibited from participating in the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS)," said a statement on the State Council website.

The statement also said that airlines were barred from using the ETS to increase fares or other passenger charges.

"China will consider adopting necessary measures to protect the interests of Chinese individuals and companies, pending developments," the statement said.

Under the ETS, airlines must buy additional allowances for their emissions beyond a set level or face fines.

The ETS, which took effect on Jan 1, could see around 4,000 airlines paying the EU for their carbon emissions.

Chai Haibo, deputy secretary-general of the China Air Transport Association, said the EU's decision has provoked wide opposition.

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helen at 2012-02-07203.82.80.*
Bravo!Thank you China!The EU is undergoing drastic Euro crisis and they are still trying to pull this one off against China ....EU will only suffer more with this unadulterated bunkum in a clear attempt to extort money for their coffers. They will not succeed in this unilateral legislation and the scheme is doomed to failure from the very beginning ...Arrogance knows no bounds and EU will only isolate itself from the rest of the World ...

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