In December 2011, the European Court ruled that, with effect from January 1, 2012, the EU carbon tax will be imposed on all flights using the European airports covering 2,000 global airlines including Chinese airlines.
Since then, many countries, including the United States, Russia, Brazil, India and China expressed opposition to the EU. It was believed that this may trigger trade wars.
The EU said yesterday that so far, the United States and Russia aielines had submitted the reports of carbon emissions in compliance with EU policies. But the 10 airlines in China and India still did not make a report to the EU.
In accordance with the EU rules, airlines may be required to pay a fine of 100 euros per ton for its carbon emissions. Calculated on this basis, Chinese airlines should pay a penalty of up to a total of about 2.4 million euros.
In response to this situation, the Beijing News reporter yesterday called the China Air Transport Association Deputy Secretary-General Chai Haibo, who said repeatedly yesterday that “China’s position is very clear, we are not subject to the EU ‘fine’. For carbon tax, We have on many occasions that stated that the EU should not unilaterally charge countries with carbon tax, the problem of carbon emissions from aviation should be discussed under the multilateral framework of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).” He said.
Source: 新京报(Beijing News)