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Published on August 24th, 2009 | by Zachary Shahan

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Nearly 4,000 Airlines Must Reduce Emissions or Are Banned in the EU

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August 24th, 2009 by Zachary Shahan
 

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The European Union (EU) released a 94-page list of airlines that must reduce their emissions or will be banned from European airports two days ago. These are airlines of various sorts from all around the world. Some top players include United Airlines, US Airways, and the US Navy. The initial ruling by the European Commission was made on August 5, but the list was just released in the Official Journal of the European Union on August 22.

Airlines that must reduce their emissions include some commercial airline giants (i.e. United Airlines, US Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Alitalia, Emirates). The list also includes the US Navy and the Air Forces of Israel and Russia.

Deutsche Welle reports that three percent of current EU CO2 emissions are from aircraft, and that the EU agreed to cut such emissions by three percent by 2012 and five percent by 2013.

The airlines on the EU’s just released list must reduce their emissions by January 1, 2012 or they will be banned from all EU airports.

Of course, the EU received a lot of pressure from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) about this, but the EU held its course and adopted the regulation.

There is a little bit of flexibility for airlines. “The EU also plans to introduce an emissions trading scheme by which companies that do not meet targets can buy permits from the European market or invest in clean development systems,” according to Deutsche Welle.

The EU continues to hold to its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement specific measures to meet its goal.

For more on what the EU is doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, read:

*4 New Eco-Design Rules for the EU — Saving as Much Power as Austria and Sweden Use Annually

*$560 BILLION Solar Project — Biggest Ever

*EU To U.S. Airlines: Buy Carbon Credits Or Face Fewer Flights

*Europe Says Financial Crisis Doesn’t Trump Climate Change

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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  • russ

    Of course you can always buy permits – the old fashioned European method of buying your way out.

    Any problem getting carbon trading projects approved in much of Asia or South America? Not much – just a few bucks here and there and like magic everything is possible. Go back in 20 years and see what has really been done.

  • russ

    Of course you can always buy permits – the old fashioned European method of buying your way out.

    Any problem getting carbon trading projects approved in much of Asia or South America? Not much – just a few bucks here and there and like magic everything is possible. Go back in 20 years and see what has really been done.

  • name

    Nothing like collapsing the economy to “save the world”.

    If you want to stop carbon emissions (from fossil fuels), then the best way is to eliminate humans.

    The EU may still not be as green as Rwanda, The congo, or Darfur, but they are getting closer!

    And then there is North Korea, the shining star of the east when it comes to low carbon emissions. Take a look at this picture and just try to tell me that it’s not valiant country for tackling global warming head on!

    http://leftoutside.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/korean_peninsula_at_night1.jpg

    I bet free thinkers are flocking across that border to get a piece of their very own paradise!

  • name

    Nothing like collapsing the economy to “save the world”.

    If you want to stop carbon emissions (from fossil fuels), then the best way is to eliminate humans.

    The EU may still not be as green as Rwanda, The congo, or Darfur, but they are getting closer!

    And then there is North Korea, the shining star of the east when it comes to low carbon emissions. Take a look at this picture and just try to tell me that it’s not valiant country for tackling global warming head on!

    http://leftoutside.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/korean_peninsula_at_night1.jpg

    I bet free thinkers are flocking across that border to get a piece of their very own paradise!

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