The European Commission (EC) will permit airlines to take 85% of their emissions allowances free of charge in 2012, dropping to 82% in 2013, it was announced Monday. The European Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) emissions benchmark directive said that airlines next year will get 0.6797 aviation emissions allowances for free for each 1,000 tonne-kilometer (TK) reported for 2010. From 2013-2020, this free allocation will fall to 0.64219 per 1,000 TK reported for 2010. The EU directive on ...

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