SEOUL: The director-general of an Asian airline association criticised plans for a carbon tax on carriers flying to and from Europe, saying it pits the continent against the rest of the world.
“Essentially, it’s Europe versus the rest,” said Andrew Herdman of the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines, which is holding its annual meeting in Seoul.
But Herdman called for caution by governments contemplating retaliation, saying a trade war would hit aviation especially hard.
The European Union from Jan 1 plans to compel all airlines travelling to and from the continent to buy carbon permits to offset their emissions.
The plan has sparked protests from numerous nations, and US legislators are proposing a bill which would effectively make it illegal for their country’s airlines to obey the directive.
Herdman told a briefing that airlines including US carriers were ready to comply with the EU Emissions Trading Scheme “because the penalties for non-compliance don’t bear thinking about.”
But foreign governments had woken up to the development and were starting to make their own objections heard. — AFP
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