Chinese Aircraft manufacturers are coming up with ‘low carbon’ planes striving to comply fully with the nation’s increasingly stringent environmental regulations.
As the International Civil Aviation Organisation, or ICAO, meets in Montreal to try to reach a deal on the EU’s planned carbon tax — known as the Emissions Trading Scheme, or ETS — new technologies to make Chinese planes greener are now on show at the 2013 Beijing Aviation Expo.
The EU’s planned 15 percent carbon tax could have cost eight Chinese airlines — including China Eastern and China Southern airlines fines of 2.4 million euros, or roughly 3 million US dollars. Earlier this month though, sources with the EU indicated it’s willing to compromise.
If it’s opponents, led by China and the United States, apply a similar levy, by 2016. Now, Brussels has put the plan to the International Civil Aviation Organisation, in hope of reaching a deal to tackle airline emissions.
But at the Beijing Aviation Expo, other ideas are in the pipeline to make airlines more carbon-friendly.