EC proposes ETS exemption for non-internal flights

Brussels has proposed that flights into and out of Europe be exempt from the ETS for one year, while talks aimed at a global deal on airlines' emissions get underway

International flights to and from Europe could be exempt from the EU emissions trading system (ETS) until UN talks on a global carbon reduction deal in autumn 2013, climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard said on Monday.

If a deal is not reached at ICAO the current ETS rules for all flights into and out of Europe will “automatically” resume, Ms Hedegaard warned.

European airlines cautiously welcomed the proposal but a coalition of environmental groups reacted more sceptically, saying the EU had made a concession to reluctant non-EU countries that was "bigger than necessary".

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