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EU Compromise Faces Opposition

ECA deal at the European Union to exempt long-haul flights from having to pay for their carbon emissions is in jeopardy, Reuters reports.

EU politicians plan to vote against a deal that would delay payments until the end of 2016. The European Parliament’s 71-member Environment Committee will vote on March 19 on a deal brokered by EU diplomats to extend a so-called “stop the clock” measure exempting intercontinental flights from regulation under its Emissions Trading System (ETS).

Under the “stop-the-clock” proposal, only internal EU flights are charged for emissions.

The European Union in 2012 started charging all airlines that use EU airports for all of their emissions. Opposition from China and the United States caused a suspension of the law to give the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), more time to craft a global measure to regulate airlines’ rising output of heat-trapping gases.

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