European Union nations may decide to penalize 10 Chinese and Indian airlines should they miss a “mid-June” deadline to report emissions data they failed to submit by March 31, said Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.
National regulators have already been in contact with officials at the two nations “to remind them of their obligations” under the EU carbon market, including publication of emissions-output data for 2011, Hedegaard said today at a briefing for journalists in Brussels. “They have been given until mid-June this year to report back their data.”
Airlines flying to and from EU airports were this year included in the EU carbon cap-and-trade market, the world’s biggest by traded volume. Every non-EU airline must register with one member state for administrative purposes.
“It’s up to member states to apply penalties,” Hedegaard said. “That would be the next step,” should the China and India airlines miss the new deadline.
The EU was examining whether China was putting in place rules that could be deemed “equivalent measures” to the bloc’s carbon market, Hedegaard said. The European Commission has said that flights from and to nations with equivalent measures may not need to comply with the bloc’s emissions-trading rules for airlines.
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