The so-far muted debate on whether emissions trading should apply to the EU aviation sector leapt forward on Monday when environment commissioner Margot Wallström welcomed a proposal by British airport operator BAA to integrate aviation into the bloc's emission trading scheme as a "possibility [that] merits serious consideration".
BAA's Mike Clasper suggested that EU aviation's carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions should be "partially integrated" as buyers-only into the emission trading regime as soon as 2008. From 2013, once the Kyoto accords are revised, aviation should fall within a "global emissions trading system covering total climate change impact", he added.
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