In Belgium, the China Air Transport Association has stated that they oppose having their flights into Europe included in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme. The ETS requires that all emitters to buy permits for each tonne of CO2 released, above a certain cap. The program is scheduled to start on January 1, 2012 and include most carriers.
CATA has stated that this plan will increases the costs for its members, and unless adjusted, CATA will ask their government in Beijing to look into countermeasures for European carriers flying into China. Analysts are quoted as saying that this will add between €1 and 1.4 billion in costs to airliners during the first year of the ETS.