THE European Union has put on hold its rule that all airlines must pay for their emissions on flights to and from Europe, but will resume enforcement if a UN airline body fails to deliver a global deal.
"To create a positive atmosphere, we have agreed to stop the clock," Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said today.
"If this exercise ends in nothing, we are back to exactly where we were with the EU ETS automatically," she said, adding that this would give the UN airlines body, the ICAO, until next November to strike a new deal.
The European Commission, the EU executive, has repeatedly said it only put its law in place after more than a decade of inaction at the ICAO.
Hedegaard said EU member states would have to endorse the Commission's decision for it to take effect.