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Always a defender of the little people, China has now criticized European Union plans to impose a carbon emission cap on airlines flying in and out of Europe beginning on January 1, 2012.
As emissions from aviation are growing faster than from any other sector, the European Union has stated that “firm action is needed,”. But the Civil Aviation Administration of China feels that the regulations will be a disadvantage to some countries – especially poorer ones. Li Jiaxiang, the head of CAAC believes that this is why the “EU needs to take into account the different situations of developing and developed countries”.
Though the EU believes that airlines will fully pass on all extra costs to customers, which in their opinion will still only have a minor impact on ticket prices, the CAAC has estimated that the imposition could cost China’s airlines as much as 4 billion yuan by 2020. Now China is in talks with the EU to find a resolution for the situation.
While they oppose Europe’s ideas for saving the planet, China has teamed up with the US in a supposedly “very innovative and green cooperation mechanism,” as Environment Minister Xie Zhenhua said. The EcoPartnership program was founded to “share best practices, foster innovation, and encourage sustainable development,” so U.S. State Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
So you can breath a sigh of relief, all is not lost.