European Union governments backed the bloc’s curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from airlines at a meeting of environment ministers today, Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said.
“All member states repeated full support to the EU’s line on aviation,” Hedegaard said on her Twitter Inc. account today.
Flights to and from Europe were included in the EU emissions trading system at the beginning of this year, sparking opposition from countries including the U.S., China, India and Russia. The nations argued Europe should let the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization decide on greenhouse- gas limits for the industry.
The EU has repeatedly said that while its law enables the exemption of incoming flights from a country if it implements “equivalent measures” to tackle pollution from aviation, the bloc won’t give up the inclusion of airlines in its cap-and- trade program, the world’s largest.
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