All airlines flying to EU airports buy permits in the emissions trading regime in Europe, January 1, 2012European Court
fully endorsed legislation Wednesday disputed EU carbon loading of airline flights to and from Europe, a move that could increase tensions with the States and other trading partners.All
airlines serving airports in the EU will buy emissions permits trading system of the European Union since January 1, 2012, the European Court of Justice ruled.
"Directive to include aviation in the emissions trading scheme is valid in the EU," the court said in a statement.
"Application of the emissions trading for aviation will not be reached or principles of customary international law in question or the open skies agreement."
ruling Wednesday was in line with expectations after a senior adviser to the court issued a preliminary ruling in October to find European law did not violate the sovereignty of other states and is compatible with international agreements .
The case was originally submitted to the High Court in London by the Air Transport Association of America, American Airlines and Continental United States, but the court of London subject to the Court of Luxembourg.
critics of European legislation emphasized that under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, countries agreed to address aviation emissions jointly by the Air Force of the United United Nations, Organization of Civil Aviation.
more than a decade later, the negotiations have resulted in significant progress and the European Court of Justice said the EU had the right to take unilateral action.
The EU sets a ceiling on the level of allowed emissions from factories and power plants. The transmitters have exceeded their quotas must buy allowances, while within their limits can sell the unused emission rights.
While emissions from most other industries have declined, airlines have doubled since 1990 and could triple by 2020, the Commission figures show.
The carbon market in the EU compared the losses immediately after the trial, but remained negative.Legislation proposed in Congress, if passed, it would be illegal to comply with European legislation.
In a letter sent to EU leaders last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U. S. Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood urged EU to reconsider and re-engage with the world.
"In the absence of such provision by the EU, we will take appropriate action," they said in the letter.
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