The EU Commission has frozen their law that airlines flying into and out of Europe must pay for their carbon emissions.
The decision to scrap the ETS scheme, which obliges airlines to buy carbon allowances at EU airports, came under intense international pressure.
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action:
“This is a chance; we created this space for positive negotiations but it has to be used. So we are creating this window of opportunity, this great chance. I can only recommend to all parties to use it, to engage urgently in taking this issue forward.”
The Commission only enacted the law after the ICAO, the U.N. airlines body, dithered over an emissions plan for over a decade.
The ICAO now has until November 2013 to deliver a suitable carbon emissions package before the Commission reverts to their ETS scheme.