Iata calls for deal to avert carbon war

2012-02-12 16:55

Singapore - Global airlines called on Sunday for a deal brokered by a United Nations agency to avoid an impasse between China and the European Union over jet pollution spilling into a trade war.

China's decision to order its airlines not to join an EU carbon trading scheme, and the EU's refusal so far to back down on its plans, have wedged airlines between conflicting laws, the head of the International Air Transport Association said.

"This is an intolerable situation which clearly has to be resolved. It cannot go on like this," Iata Director General Tony Tyler told Reuters in an interview.

Airlines have called on the EU to abandon a recently launched scheme to charge for emissions and negotiate a global agreement at Icao, the aviation arm of the United Nations.

"I very much hope of course that we are not seeing the beginning of a trade war on this issue and eventually wiser counsels will prevail," Tyler said.

He also said airlines faced a tough year in 2012 and warned of further airline bankruptcies in Europe or elsewhere if the region failed to resolve its sovereign debt crisis.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-13 12:54

    The EU is nothing short of a money clutching profit driven con artist, they want to charge tax on the entire trip not just the portion that falls within their territorial waters. this is extortion and fraud all rolled up in one, if this model were accepted internationally people would land up paying carbon tax twice for each trip they take. This means full taxation on the entire trip at point of departure and full taxation on entire trip at final destination, Carbon tax is in and of itself nothing more than a profit making initiative as no amount of money could stop, slow down or reverse the carbon build up, which is a naturally occurring cycle, not a man made event as authorities would like us to believe.

  • Clayton - 2012-02-13 23:28

    Carbon taxes.......Im with China on this one- I think that they charging these taxes to fund the Greece bailout

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