China has banned its airlines from supporting the EU plan to tax carbon emissions on flights to and from Europe, and increasing ticket prices to customers as a compensatory measure, as confirmed on Monday by the Chinese government who argue that airlines who want to comply with EU directives must obtain prior approval from Beijing, which has denounced this plan as an unfounded duty.

Beijing's announcement comes a week after the EU-China summit. Failure to pay the tax could lead to Chinese airlines being fined or not allowed to use European airports.

"China hopes Europe will act under more general issues in responding to global climate change, sustainable development of international aviation and ties between Europe and China, strengthening communication and coordination to find the correct and appropriate solution for both parties," said sources at the Chinese civil aviation authority cited by the state news agency Xinhua.

This source has warned of the possible consequences that might be caused by the plan enacted by the EU, because "China will also consider taking steps to protect Chinese public and business interests."

Backed sanctions

According to European legislation, as of 1 January, all airlines using European airfields are to be taxed in accordance with the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. The penalties are around 100 euros per tonne of carbon dioxide emitted for airlines that do not want to pay the tax. In case of repeated disobedience of the law, the EU has the power to prohibit such airlines operating in European airports.

This policy has the approval of the European Court of Justice, which rejected an appeal by a group of U.S. airlines.

Likewise, the Air Transport Association of China has urged Chinese airlines to disregard such legislation, claiming it will cost 800 million yuan per year (96.7 million) during the first year, an amount that will triple by 2020 (up to 290 million euros), according to the agency.

Source: El Vigia



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