EU Court Rejects Airlines' Challenge To Emissions Plan

Law360, New York (December 21, 2011, 5:09 PM EST) -- The European Union's highest court ruled Wednesday that a scheme requiring airlines to use emissions allowances for flights to or from European airports does not violate international law, delivering a blow to the U.S. companies fighting the plan.

The European Court of Justice upheld the application of the Emissions Trading System to airlines days before it was set to take effect. The cap-and-trade program did not include airlines when it started in 2005, but EU lawmakers later expanded the scheme to include flight emissions beginning Jan....
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