Carbon Dioxide

EU Freezes Carbon Taxes on Aviation

Had been leading to a possible trade war with non-EU nations

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NEW DELHI: The European Union (EU) announced on Monday deferring plans to charge a carbon tax on passengers flying to and from its 27 member countries.

European Commissioner for EU, Connie Hedegaard, said, "In order to create a positive atmosphere around these very important negotiations, I have just recommended in a telephone conference with the 27 member states that the European Union stops the clock when it comes to enforcement of the inclusion of aviation in the EU ETS to and from non-European countries, until after the ICAO general assembly next Autumn." 

India, China and several other countries had strongly opposed the carbon tax, sparking a heated trade war that was hurtling towards a diplomatic crisis.