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China opposes EU's airline carbon tax

(People's Daily Online)

16:29, January 06, 2012

Beijing, Jan. 6 (People's Daily Online) -- China reiterated Thursday that it opposes European Union's unilateral legislation of a carbon emissions tax on airlines and called for talks to resolve the issue.

Recently, China's major airlines refused to pay any carbon costs under the E.U.'s new law.

At a daily press briefing held in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was asked to make a comment on this issue.

"China opposes the E.U.'s unilateral legislation," Hong said. "China has expressed to the E.U. our deep concern and opposition via bilateral channels multiple times."

Hong said China hopes the E.U. will act with caution and settle the issue in a positive and pragmatic way through sound consultation with relevant countries, including China.

According to the new law, all airlines flying to and from the 27 E.U. countries will have to pay for 15 percent of the polluting rights accorded to them in 2012, which will rise to 18 percent in the period of 2013-2020. (Li Zhenyu)


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LJNysVZRvUsrmfnb at 2012-03-1191.224.161.*
It is a simple tcoaulaciln Wozza. Twenty three percent times the total electricity produced nationally times the retail rate, gives a big figure. This increase is the NSW increase On 1 July 2009 the cost of electricity will increase for most households and businesses.These pricing changes are in accordance with the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) decisions and recent legislative changes, and will directly help to ensure the continued efficiency, safety and reliability of the State’s electricity network. but I believe that increases are to be rolled out in other states. Understand this clearly, Wozza, I am not whinging at the price increase, I am pissed off at the fact that there is no intention to apply the proceeds of this increase to building a solution to our CO2 emissions. 8 billion dollars is sufficient to build 3 to 4 gigawatts of CSP generation capacity in our high energy yielding deserts. Let's see if that is what happens.There are many reports coming from China indicating that businesses are facing tight regulation on energy useage, and alternative energy hardware than any other country. Not necessarily the hardware that you would expect, hardware such as domestic methane digesters that produce gas for cooking and heating as well as electricity for lighting. By the million. See Broad air conditioning.The China electricity generation capacity increase is a country raising the standard of living of its people from next to nothing to nearly something. It is totally hypocritical of the world to demand that China manufacture much of the consumer products, but do it without using electricity. If the West is seriously concerned about China's increasing CO2 emissions then there should be an embargo on Chinese imports. Go fly that kite and see if it stays up.
ming at 2012-01-0658.11.72.*
If the talk failed, China should impose the same lawsto EU any other countries that have this law. Or else stop Chinese tourists visiting them to boycott this laws. Tit for tat.
wende at 2012-01-0671.255.81.*
I was wondering why US and its allies are not making a move. If China is to retaliate, it should impose the same rate on all airlines of the world so as to avoid flight transfer from Europe to US.
PD User at 2012-01-06183.39.44.*
China ought to cut back the purchase of AIRBUS planes by using this new carbon taxes as a legitimate reason.
helen at 2012-01-06175.142.223.*
Bravo!Many Western countries or groups and the United States enacted domestic laws (aiming at other countries) and expect all other countries to abide by them. Such arrogance and bullying tactics. Compulsion follows when their laws are ignored ....Time for sovereign nations to tell these bullies to fly kites.The worst scenario is RECIPROCITY as in diplomacy.

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