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terça-feira, 11 de julho de 2017

International flights to stay free from EU carbon fees until 2021, MEPs vote

With no further efforts, aviation emissions are expected to increase by 300% by 2050.
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The committee voted on aviation’s future role under the EU’s Emissions Trading System, following a decision adopted last year by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to set up a global offsetting scheme.

“Today the environment committee sent a strong signal to the ICAO that if their scheme does not yield good results, we are willing to put flights leaving the EU again under the EU’s emissions trading scheme by the end of 2020,” said Seb Dance, an MEP for the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament.

The EU was the world’s first region to address CO2 emissions from international aviation when it included all flights landing and departing from Europe in its EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012.

Bu the application of the scheme to international flights was suspended until the end of 2016 in order to appease growing opposition from the US, China and other foreign countries, and allow time for the ICAO to develop emission-reduction measures at global level.

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