The European Union should discontinue its controversial emissions-trading scheme, according to the International Air Transport Association. "The problem with the EU-ETS is that it is a regional, not a global scheme that everybody agrees to," said Tony Tyler, director general of the association.
China will retaliate against the European Union if the EU takes measures against China for non-compliance with the EU emissions-trading scheme, the China Air Transport Association says. Officials say China could impound European aircraft. "The government at least will take the same kind of measures and these anti-sanction moves will be lasting," said Wei Zhenzhong, secretary general of the association.
Pete Sepp, the executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union, says the European Union's emissions-trading scheme could lead to higher airfares in the U.S. "Neither the airlines, which have been especially hard hit by the economic slowdown, nor their customers, can easily absorb another financial blow from a league of countries thousands of miles from our shores," writes Sepp.
The European Union's emissions-trading scheme could scuttle global talks on climate change, according to an Indian official. "For the environment ministry, for me, it is a deal-breaker because you simply cannot bring this into climate change discourse and disguise unilateral trade measures under climate change," said Jayanthi Natarajan, environment minister for India.
Airlines in China say they will refuse to participate in the European Union's emissions-trading scheme. "Europe's actions are unilateral," said Chai Haibo, an executive with the China Air Transport Association. "Measures to tackle emission control should be decided as an industry globally, and not just by one party alone." India may also not comply with the scheme.