Friday, 16 December 2011

China aviation body urges members not to cooperate with EU CO2 scheme



An Air China Boeing 747-400 passenger jet, which is filled with mixture of biofuel and aviation kerosene, takes off on an inauguration test flight at Beijing Captital International Airport in Beijing, October 28, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily


Chinese airlines have been urged not to cooperate with a controversial scheme that will force them to buy carbon credits for all flights entering Europe starting on January 1, the head of the country's aviation industry group said.

 An Air China Boeing 747-400 passenger jet, which is filled with mixture of biofuel and aviation kerosene, takes off on an inauguration test flight at Beijing Captital International Airport in Beijing, October 28, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

Wei Zhenzhong, the secretary general of the China Air Transport Association CATA.L, said he has asked all domestic airlines to refuse to participate in the scheme, according to a report by the official China News Service on Thursday.

He has also requested domestic airlines not to submit CO2 monitoring plans to European officials or to enter into negotiations for preferential treatment, the report said.

Beginning on January 1, all airlines landing in Europe will be subject to a carbon cap and will be obliged to cover surplus emissions through the purchase of credits on the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme ETS.L.

The China Air Transport Association says the scheme will cost Chinese airlines 800 million yuan in the first year and more than triple that by 2020.

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