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Airlines to be included in European emissions trading scheme

All flights within Europe are expected to be subject to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETC) under plans due to be announced today by the European Commission.
Environment Commisioner Stavros Dimas yesterday said he would limit the first year of the industry's inclusion in the scheme to intra-EU flights only, according to the Reuters news agency.'We propose [to include intra-EU flights in 2011 and flights in and out of the European Union in 2012,' said Dimas.Carbon trading works by imposing limits on the amount of carbon a business can produce. If it undercuts its allowance, it can sell the excess to companies that have exceeded the limits.In the summer, aviation industry bosses told MPs that the ETS was a better system for cutting air travel emissions than the taxing airlines (NCE 1 June 2006).

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