Nations that retaliate against the European Union’s decision to include airlines in its carbon market from this year may fall foul of international trade rules, according to a University of Cambridge researcher.
French investigators are preparing to ship the black-box flight data recorder from the 2009 Air France crash to a Paris laboratory with the aim of unlocking the mystery of the disaster that killed 228.
European Union plans to impose curbs on carbon-dioxide emissions by international airlines as of 2012 drew fire from countries including China, Venezuela and Japan, marking a new stumbling block at the climate summit this week.
The European Union won’t abandon its curbs on carbon dioxide discharges by international airlines and sees the program as an incentive toward a global solution, the bloc’s executive told U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The European Union can replace its carbon curbs on aviation with a global measure to cut pollution from the industry as long as the broader program is as ambitious as the EU plan, the bloc’s climate chief said.
The extension of the European Union’s emissions trading system to international airlines is “premature” and could lead to higher ticket prices and a slump in demand for flights, according to Russia’s government.