MEPs toughen airline emission trade plan

European parliament's environment committee votes for stricter emission cap, more auctioning

The European parliament's environment committee has substantially strengthened European commission proposals to include airlines in the EU's carbon emission trading scheme. In a vote on Tuesday it backed a tighter emissions cap, much more auctioning of allowances and an earlier deadline for firms to join the scheme.

Earlier parliamentary debate had indicated for some time that MEPs intended to toughen plans to include flights in the EU's trading scheme (ETS) (EED 12/09/07). But until Tuesday no consensus had emerged on key issues such as the cap and how allowances should be distributed.

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