The United States supported the idea of imposing taxes on aircraft for their carbon emissions on a regional basis
The United States supported the idea of imposing taxes on aircraft for their carbon emissions on a regional basis when negotiations were being held to come up with an alternative to the European Union’s unilateral scheme to charge airlines for the full duration of flights using EU airports.
The show of US support for a regional approach comes as European lawmakers prepare to vote on Thursday on whether to bow to international pressure and continue to confine EU aircraft emission laws to domestic flights only.
In 2012 the European Union started charging all airlines for emissions for the full duration of their flights into and out of the bloc via its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) but the confined application of the ETS to domestic EU flights only after complaints from countries including the United States and China which said that it breached sovereignty rules.
The European Commission insists that Europe was within its rights to regulate aircraft emissions within its own airspace, which must be endorsed by member states and the bloc’s parliament to become law.
But EU member states are against the plan, fearing it will ignite tensions with major trading partners and jeopardise reaching a global aviation emissions agreement by 2016.
The Parliament is more divided, with some members unwilling to weaken further a 2009 EU law agreed ahead of Thursday’s binding vote.
Also it is remarkable that the US state department did not respond to a request on Friday to comment on the document nor on the EU proposal to regulate airline emissions within its airspace.