USA fires warning over aviation carbon trading

EU plan to include American airlines in emission scheme "raises legal questions", claims US agency

The EU must exclude American airlines from plans to bring aviation into its carbon trading scheme, a US government agency said on Wednesday. The comments raise the possibility of a new transatlantic environment policy dispute. US federal aviation agency officials spoke in Brussels after lobbying the European commission to seek emission caps only for EU carriers.

In September the commission suggested introducing emission trading for all aircraft flying from an EU airport. It argued that this was the best environmental option and that it was "unlikely to have any significant adverse affects on the competitive position of EU airlines relative to non-EU airlines" (EED 27/09/05).

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