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News Analysis: China unlikely to win suit against EU carbon tax


09:05, December 23, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese airlines are unlikely to score a victory in their bid to challenge the legality of the European Union's plan to apply its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to non-EU airlines, analysts said.

The European Union Court of Justice on Wednesday dismissed arguments from North American air carriers that the EU's ETS infringes on national sovereignty or violates international aviation treaties, a ruling Chinese airlines are also likely to face if they launch a lawsuit against the scheme.

"We know that the prospect of victory is dim, but we want to show our firm opposition by launching a lawsuit," said Chai Haibo, deputy secretary of the China Air Transport Association (CATA).

The scheme, due to take effect on Jan. 1, 2012, is one of the widest-reaching measures adopted by any country or regional bloc to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change. It is estimated that around 4,000 airlines will pay the EU for the carbon they emit.

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elee at 2011-12-23183.39.54.*
When Eu IS BROKE OR POOR, all sorts of shits will be hurled across to others who seem to survive better than the EU nations. Others can do the same since the kyoto accord is as good as dead. EU should have selectively targeted those countries that do not observe / adopt the kyoto accord. This fiasco will turn away flights into EU soon to make them poorer or there will be more counter carbon taxes to be imposed by all other nations other than EU; that is too simple to follow!! The other smart way should have been to produce NO carbon emitting planes, and say goodbye to Airbus!!
helen at 2011-12-23203.82.87.*
RECIPROCITY is the name of the game. And nothing short of that ........

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