British airlines flay emission limits

Published: Wednesday 28 February 2007

Three major British airlines have recently flayed the European Commission's proposed air passenger tax. The scheme is a "poor environmental tax" and a wrong way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they said in a statement.

In a meeting with the parliamentarians, the airways--British Airways, EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic--claimed that the proposed air passenger duty did not create an incentive to invest in cleaner technology and the plan is neither effective nor efficient. Instead, the three airlines backed carbon trading as the best way to reduce emissions.

Of late, the commission had announced that aviation emissions would be part of the eu's emissions trading scheme for carbon dioxide. Hence, permits will be needed for all emissions from flights to and from the union.Meanwhile, the British Air Transport Association has also dismissed reports that allowing aviation into the European emissions trading scheme would create windfall profits for airlines from the allocation of carbon quotas.

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