Schultz Environment Blog

Environment in a broad sense,transports and energy issues. From my local point of view with a global touch!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Trade with emission rights for flights
The environmental council with the ministers of environment in Europe yesterday agreed to fully integrate all air flights in the trade with emission rights from 2012. At the start 90 % of the emission rights will be allotted to the airline companies for free. The last 10 % will be sold by auctions. The percentage that will be auctioned will increase year by year. The total amount will be decided by the average emission of the airline sector 2004-2006. The distribution of emission rights will be harmonized within the European Union and emission rights from the exciting trade system shall be made possible to use by the airline sector. I wonder if this is the best tool to decrease the emissions from aircrafts. But, perhaps it’s better than nothing.


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