UN Backs Fight Against EU Airline Law · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader
The U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization came down yesterday against the European Union’s plans to force non-EU airlines into a cap and trade scheme.
The ICAO adopted a working paper by 26 of its 36 member countries, urging Brussels not to require compliance from non-EU carriers, Reuters reports. Under EU proposals, airlines will have to start participating in the European cap and trade program on January 1, by buying meeting a limit on carbon emissions or buying permits to make up the shortfall. The rules will apply to flights within, to and from the EU.
The 26 countries, including the U.S. and China, last week lodged a formal complaint through the ICAO.