This ought to do wonders for European tourism.
AIRLINES can be charged for their greenhouse gas emissions on flights to and from Europe, according to a landmark court ruling.
The indicative ruling, by the advocate general of the European Court of Justice Juliane Kokott, is a blow to airlines and non-European governments that had hoped to escape from the extension of the European Union’s emissions trading scheme to cover air transport from next year.
If successful, Europe’s move to include international flights in its emissions trading system will be the first time that emissions from flights – which make up about 2 to 3 per cent of global greenhouse gases – have been regulated. Aviation and maritime transport were explicitly excluded from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the only international binding treaty on emissions reduction.
The trading system will add to airlines’ costs, as much as €5-€10 ($A7-$14) a passenger, according to some estimates. All of the costs are likely to be passed on to passengers, raising ticket prices.