16 Feb '12, 1pm

Managing aviation carbon emission

SINGAPORE: The aviation industry emits as much as about 600 million tons of carbon every year, and with more planes set to take to the skies, there's been a push towards creating a carbon neutral sector. The initiatives include the European Union's emission tax on airlines, to trials and tests with alternative fuels. The aviation industry has in fact, committed to reducing its carbon emissions by some 50 per cent by 2050, compared to 2005. However, in recent months, the issue of the environment and aviation has suffered some controversy with a tax being imposed on airlines by the European Union. International Air Transport Association director general Tony Tyler said: "Well, the situation with airlines inclusion in the EU ETS is very complicated, and it's complicated because governments see it as an infringement on their sovereignty to have the extra territorial tax impose...

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