Chinese airlines refuse to pay EU emissions levy

Chinese airlines refuse to pay EU emissions levy

Leading airlines in China are refusing to pay the new European Union tax designed to cut carbon emissions.

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme, which imposes a charge on flights based on their carbon emissions from January 1, has been attacked by airline groups in China, India, the US and Canada.

A spokesman for the China Air Transport Association, which represents carriers such as Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, said that its members would not co-operate with the ETS.

The scheme is reported as likely to cost Chinese airlines €95 million in extra costs a year and China has warned that it may retaliate against the levy.

CATA spokesman Chai Haibo told the BBC: “The CATA, on behalf of Chinese airlines, is strongly against the EU's improper practice of unilaterally forcing international airlines into its ETS.”

US airlines last month lost an attempt to have the ETS blocked by the European Court of Justice.

Escorted tour: Off the beaten track

Off the beaten track

See more unusual places with an escorted tour, says Jo Booth
Read More »

Africa: Select your safari

Select your safari

How national parks and private conservancies differ
Read More »

Escorted tours: Go the extra mile

Go the extra mile

Enhance an escorted tour with add-ons and extensions
Read More »

Escorted tours: The Italian Job

The Italian Job

Pick a trip that stands out in this touring hotspot
Read More »