EU Green Tax: Global Airlines Warn Of ‘Retaliatory Action’

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‘Retaliatory Action’

With European Union facing global flak over imposition of a green tax on all aircraft flying in its skies, world airlines’ body IATA has warned European airlines of “retaliatory action” by non-EU nations if a global solution was not arrived at soo

EU Green Tax: Global Airlines Warn Of 'Retaliatory Action'

“Time is not on our side. Airlines from Europe may face some retaliatory action. And some non-European airlines may have to choose whether to obey the law of their land or that of Europe ?- two more unintended consequences which should convince all states that the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) is the way forward,” IATA chief Tony Tyler said.

He called for a global solution through the ICAO, a UN-body, to break the impasse on Europe’s plans to “unilaterally” include global aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EUETS).

India, Russia, the US, China and several other countries would meet in Moscow later this month to decide on whether to take retaliatory measures against the EU on its “unilateral” decision to impose carbon tax on air travel.

The EU imposed the tax from January, but about 30 countries, including India, Russia, China and the US, opposed the move, saying it was “inconsistent with the international legal regimes”.

In a speech to the European Aviation Club in Brussels yesterday, Tyler said the consequences of the “unilateral and extra-territorial approach go beyond market distortions to states seeing this as an attack on their sovereignty.”

“I am sensing a growing recognition that a global scheme developed through the ICAO would provide a superior solution both for managing aviation’s emissions and to resolving the political problems caused by extending the scheme beyond Europe’s borders,” the IATA Director General and CEO said, adding, “We will do all that we can to promote a pragmatic solution.”

Source: PTI

Carbon taxes on Airlines flying over European Union

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EU imposes carbon taxes on airlines

The European Union has imposed carbon taxes on airlines in order to combat climate change and the fee has come into force from Jan 1, 2012.

 

EU imposes carbon taxes on airlines

All airlines flying to EU countries, are now obliged to get permits to cover their carbon emissions for the whole

length of a flight, as well as to monitor the emissions and to report.

They will get 85 percent of those permits for free, but the remaining 15 percent should be paid.

The EU has assured that the allocation of greenhouse gas emissions for the airlines will reduce their overall effect by five percent.

According to the European Commission, aviation accounts for about three percent of global carbon emissions.

Experts expect that the introduction of carbon taxes on airlines will lead to an increase in ticket prices for passengers,

from two to 12 euros ($2.5 to $15) on medium-range flights, and from four to 24 euros ($5 to $31) on transatlantic flights.

Source: IANS