Averting a possible clash with industry and major trading partners with the EU, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on 13 September overwhelmingly voted to extend an exemption from the Emissions Trading System (ETS), enabling European airlines not to pay charges on their international flights.
The vote of 601 to 69 against the measure extends the ETS exemption until 2021, by which time the CORSIA scheme from the International Civil Aviation Organisation will have taken effect (albeit on a voluntary basis). CORSIA is a global carbon-offsetting scheme to cap emissions at 2020 levels.
Once approved by Council, it will be the second partial extension of the ETS exemption.
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