Three U.S. airlines sue UK over carbon emissions plan

Continental AirlinesIn typical fashion, three U.S.-based airlines – American, Continental and United Airlines have filed suit, along with the Air Transport Association, to stop initial implementation of EU emission trading regulations for the  aviation industry.

The EU’s cap and trade system caps CO2 emissions, requiring polluters  – including all airlines -to purchase offsets in order to continue operating within EU airspace. Earlier this year the UK started allowing its Environment Agency to fine UK airlines that don’t those emissions standards,

In their complaint, the three American air carriers and the ATA stated that the rules were in violation of a 2007 bilateral air transport agreement between the U.S. and EU. They argue that a flight from London to the U.S. would almost  exclusively occur outside EU airspace.

Ironically, the ATA has repeatedly called for a global solution to limit aviation emissions.

Seems like talk is one thing but actions are another animal altogther. Hmm – business as usual?