The European Union is doing all it can to get support from other countries when it comes to its global policy on airline emissions. However, the United States has been very unsupportive. In hopes of changing that, the European Union has announced that it will make concessions for the United States. Now the question is: What kind of concessions does the United States get?
According to the agreement that the European Union sent to the United States, the Union will cut back on its regulations. It will only apply airline emission charges to the United States when flying over the European Union. This is a big deal because, under the original plan, airlines were going to be charged emissions on the whole route that they flew, not just the part over Europe.
So what does the European Union want in exchange? It wants the United States to start backing its global airline emissions deal. With the United States supporting the deal, there will be little that other countries could do to fight it.
This new concession was actually drafted and sent to the United States very quietly this summer, and it went public last week. The whole goal of this new concession is to end the big trans-Atlantic dispute in regard to the European Union airline emissions law. In order to get everyone on board with this new law, it hopes to have a united front with big countries like the United States.
Now the question is: Will the United States go for it? The United States have been very vocal as of late to its unhappiness with the carbon emissions scheme in Europe. The biggest problem that the United States has with it is the fact that airlines have to pay for emissions on the whole flight as long as it enters European airspace at some point. So even if a flight left from France to the United States and it was only over European airspace for a little while, the airline would have to pay emissions on that whole flight, despite the fact that most of the flight was over international waters. The United States wanted to know what gave Europe the right to make airlines pay for emissions that were released in areas that it does not control.
This new concession for the United States does fix the major issue, but some do not know if this will be enough to get the United States to back it. It might, however, be enough to get the United States to be less vocal about its dislike of the airline emissions scheme.
This new law in Europe came into effect as of January 1, 2012. It covers all emissions from when a flight takes off to when it lands. All that is required is for the flight to cross European airspace at some point. If it does, airlines are required to buy carbon permits. If airlines go over their permit, they are charged $131 for every extra ton of carbon dioxide emitted.