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23 August 2009

EU lines up airlines for compulsory emission plan

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Nearly 4,000 commercial airlines, business jet operators and air forces from around the world will have to join the European Union greenhouse gas emissions trading plan by 2012 or be penalise when flying to the continent, reported the Associated Press, citing the bloc's official gazette published Saturday.

The list of operators includes major airlines such as Lufthansa, Alitalia, Quantas, KLM, Emirates, US Airways and United. Also listed are European airplane manufacturers Airbus and Dassault, hundreds of private business jet operators, as well as a number of military services such as the US Navy and the air forces of Israel and Russia.

"Aviation has been included into the emissions trading scheme and this list is part of a directive that was adopted in 2008 to bring the aviation sector into that scheme," EU spokeswoman Katharina von Schnurbein said.

Under the program, operators will have to submit plans for monitoring their emissions by January 2010.

The EU's list of airlines that must take part in the programme has been controversial because, aside from European operators, it also includes scores of airlines from other parts of the world flying into Europe.


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