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Airlines hit emissions plan

30 September 2011

Airlines criticized the European Union’s plan to limit jetliners’ greenhouse-gas emissions, which analysts estimate could cost carriers world-wide more than $1 billion next year.

EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard presented this week details of how the 27-country bloc’s existing cap-and-trade system will expand to cover aviation beginning next year. From Jan. 1, all airlines will be required to hold permits that allow them to emit carbon dioxide during any flight landing at or taking off from an EU airport. Carriers with minimal EU operations will receive exemptions.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said it will grant airlines permits to cover 85% of their carbon-dioxide emissions in 2012 free of charge. This will fall to 82% from 2013 through 2020. Carriers will be required to buy the rest.

source: Wall Street Journal

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