EU to suspend aviation carbon tax
15 March 2013
Posted by: Erich Bell
Brussels -The European Union is set
to partially suspend its controversial airlines emissions tax scheme, officials
said Tuesday, as part of a bid to push international critics into reaching a
global aviation deal.
Since last year, all airlines
landing and taking off from EU airports have been liable for their carbon
dioxide emissions, a move that infuriated countries such as the United States,
China, Russia and India.
But after the bloc’s parliament and
governments struck a deal on Tuesday, the EU is now set to "stop the clock” for
airlines flying intercontinental routes until the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) holds its general assembly in September.
The suspension should go into effect
before April 30, EU parliamentarian Peter Liese said. Internal flights within
the EU will continue to be liable for their emissions.
In the past, the EU had justified
its decision to proceed unilaterally on aviation emissions by pointing to 15
unsuccessful years of pushing for a global agreement.
"It is now up to ICAO to deliver,”
said Irish Environment Minister Phil Hogan, whose country holds the EU’s
rotating presidency. "I hope this ... derogation will serve as an incentive in
"Nobody should put our determination
in question to address the problem of aviation emissions,” Liese added.
The European Parliament and EU
governments still have to endorse the deal reached on Tuesday, but the move
usually is a formality.
Source: News 24