CHINA: Chinese carriers oppose EU’s ETS

A group representing China’s largest airlines sent a formal notice to the European Union (EU) expressing strong opposition to non-member-state airlines’ inclusion in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme set to come into force from 2012. The China Aviation Transport Association (CATA), representing Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Shenzhen […]


A group representing China’s largest airlines sent a formal notice to the European Union (EU) expressing strong opposition to non-member-state airlines’ inclusion in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme set to come into force from 2012. The China Aviation Transport Association (CATA), representing Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and Sichuan Airlines, estimated that Chinese carriers will be forced to pay millions of yuan annually to comply with the ETS – a figure expected to rise as Chinese carriers increase their capacity to Europe. CATA claimed that the inclusion of carriers from developing countries in the ETS is illegal and violates the “common but differentiated responsibility” principle and called for a global solution to dealing with air transport-related carbon dioxide emissions. “But if the EU insists on imposing its ETS on our carriers, we would urge the Chinese government to take corresponding measures to protect Chinese airlines’ interest in the global air transport industry,” the group said.