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EU lawmakers take tough stance on emissions.(FINANCIAL RESULTS, NEW DEALS, AND REPORTS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE)(European Union)(Brief article)

European Parliament's Environment Committee voted in late May on draft amendments designed to toughen the current proposals to include aviation in the EU's emissions trading scheme. Most of the proposed changes were part of the EP's first-reading amendments previously rejected by the Council.

The Environment Committee agreed that all flights within, leaving or landing in EU territory will be included in the ETS from 2011, whereas the European Commission had proposed a one-year "grace" period for intercontinental flights. Committee members also voted in favor of lowering the cap to 90% of 2004-06 levels while both the Council and Commission sought to cap emissions at 2004-06 levels. …

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