Strong backing for EU aviation emission trading

Environment ministers call for draft legislation next year for trading system covering all flights, all carriers

EU environment ministers gave strong support on Friday to plans for a European greenhouse gas emission trading scheme for aviation. In conclusions adopted at their last quarterly meeting of the year in Brussels, they called on the European commission to put forward legislation before the end of 2006, based on a model "that can be extended or replicated world-wide".

The conclusions respond to a commission policy paper on aviation and climate change published in September (EED 27/09/05). Notably, ministers call for carriers from both EU and third countries to be included in the scheme, and say their preferred option would be to cover all flight departures rather than just intra-EU flights. The statement increases the chances of a row with the USA, which wants its carriers exempted (EED 30/11/05).

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