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EU confirms possibility of exemptions from EU ETS through use of ‘equivalent measures’

3-Jun-2011 11:16 AM

European Union confirmed it will keep open the possibility of exempting air travel from certain countries under its plan to include aviation in its emission trading scheme from 2012 (Bloomberg, 03-Jun-2011). The use of "equivalent measures" by another country to cut greenhouse gas emission could be enough to exempt incoming flights from a non-EU nation. Any exemption would require approval of EU Member State representatives in the Climate Change Committee. The decision would then be subject to three-months' scrutiny by the European Parliament and national governments.