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12 February 2012

EU Carbon Tax on Planes within in EU, arriving and leaving EU

Apart from a few forms of travel such as walking or bicycles they all leave a carbon footprint, from the fuel used to run the car, air plane or ship to the fumes left behind from burning/using the transportation, Travel always leaves some kind of carbon footprint.

The European Union has created a carbon emissions scheme to offset this Carbon Footprint left by planes by implementing an EU Carbon Tax and charging any Air planes flying within the EU, leaving or arriving in the EU and the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme came into effect on 1 January 2012.

When it comes to air fares there is not as much choice as accommodation for example, only a few airlines have licences to fly to each city so the prices are always quite similar so a flight from London to New York no matter which airline you use is very similar, New York accommodation on the other hand ranges for luxury 5 star hotels, to bed and breakfast, guesthouse, hostels and New York budget hotels accommodation

Whether or not this scheme will help to reduce the carbon footprint of planes or encourage companies to development new planes the EU Carbon Tax has caused major disputes with china that refuse to pay, and has been heavily criticised by many outside the EU such as Canada and the US.

Whether the Tax will or will not help, one thing is for sure the cost will be passed onto the traveller and holiday maker meaning the airline ticket will cost more and another thing is, what will EU do with the money collected from this Taxes.

Chinese Airlines have refused to pay the EU Carbon Tax, the China Air Transport Association (CATA) who represents the 4 major China Airways, Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines say they will not co-operate with the EU tax and will not impose any surcharges onto customers relating to emissions tax.

All eyes are now on the EU to see how or if they will try and enforce this EU Carbon Tax onto Chinese Airlines.

As for travellers, they have no say in what taxes are and are not added to their air fares all they can do is search for the best priced tickets and try to save money wherever possible by using budget airlines and staying in cheap hostels and budget hotels to try and keep the holiday costs as low as possible.

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