Fear of flying to Europe

Compared to road transport, carbon emissions from aviation are relatively low, but the airline industry could pay dearly for the right to emit greenhouse gases unless it can settle on a global offset scheme.

The aviation industry needs to find a common approach for dealing with carbon emissions or it will pay too much, according to Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines.

He warns that anything less than a global approach could severely distort international competition.

Herdman was speaking at the recent Greener Skies 2008 conference organised by Orient Aviation. An example of the threat to the industry is the emissions trading scheme that the European Union EU wants to...

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