05 Jan '12, 3am

China airlines refuse to pay carbon tax

China airlines refuse to pay carbon tax

SHANGHAI: Chinese airlines will not pay European Union carbon emissions charges that came into force on January 1, a national aviation industry group said Thursday. The EU launched the Emissions Trading System (ETS) in 2005 in a bid to reduce carbon emissions of power stations and industrial plants, and extended the scheme to airlines from Sunday. The move means airlines have to buy pollution permits to fly in Europe under a cap-and-trade scheme that has angered the US and Chinese governments and airlines worldwide. "China, of course, will not cooperate with the European Union on the ETS," said Chai Haibo, deputy secretary-general of the China Air Transport Association (CATA). "The CATA, on behalf of Chinese airlines, is strongly against the EU's improper practice of unilaterally forcing international airlines into its ETS," Chai said. He said the Chinese government was co...

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