House Lawmakers Seek to Bar Airlines From EU Carbon Program
Delta Air Lines Inc and AMR Corp, from being part of the European Union’s cap-and-trade
program for greenhouse gases.
from participating in the EU’s efforts next year. The program, aimed at emissions such as carbon dioxide that are linked to climate
change, would cost U.S. carriers $1.3 billion in its first year and may top $3.5
billion, Representative John Mica, the House Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee chairman, told reporters in Washington.
on flights to and from EU airports, and offset that amount with carbon permits
from the bloc’s exchange. The EU will give airlines free allowances in 2012 for
82 percent of their historic emissions, with 15 percent auctioned and the remaining
3 percent held in a special reserve.
upon U.S. airlines in violation of international agreements and laws,” said Representative
Nick Rahall of West Virginia, the top Democrat on the committee.
with certainty that the money will be used for its intended purpose.”
spokesman for EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, said in an e-mail
environmental effects for its air carriers, Valero-Ladron said.
from participating in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme. U.S. officials also would
be instructed to negotiate or take action to make sure the carriers aren’t penalized
by the EU plan.
and most of the atmospheric releases come from international flights, according
to the union’s website.
seem to be able to agree on is to try to stop EU action to tackle growing aircraft
pollution,” Hedegaard said in an e-mail. “In Europe we are looking forward to
the day where both parties, instead of criticizing what we do, can agree on positive
initiatives that benefit the global climate.”
of environmental organisations robustly defended the law integrating aviation
into the EU ETS at a hearing at the European Court of Justice. EU countries including
France, Spain, Sweden, Poland, and Denmark, and led by the UK strongly rejected
the airline’s contention that aviation emissions can only be addressed by the
ICAO and that the system amounts to a unilateral tax.