EU freezes airline emissions for a year

The European Union will freeze for a year its rule that all airlines must pay for their carbon emissions for flights into and out of EU airports, the EU executive said, following threats of international retaliation.

Flights by all airlines within the EU will still have to pay for their carbon emissions under existing rules. The year-long exemption will apply to flights linking EU airports to countries outside of the bloc.

Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said she had agreed to stop the clock to create a positive atmosphere for international talks on an alternative global plan to tackle airline emissions.

EU member states still have to formally endorse the proposed freeze. Hedegaard could not specify how long it might take.

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