UPDATE 5-EU Commission freezes airline carbon emissions law

Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:53am EST
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* EU flights must still comply with ETS scheme

* Non-EU flights get one year's breathing room

* China favours "multilateral" UN framework

* Asia Airlines Assoc says EU still "negotiating with gun on the table"

* EU carbon market rises ahead of draft proposal to bolster market

By Barbara Lewis

BRUSSELS, Nov 12 (Reuters) - The European Union will freeze for a year its rule that all airlines must pay for their carbon emissions for flights into and out of EU airports, the EU executive said, following threats of international retaliation.

Flights within the European Union will still have to pay for their carbon emissions. The year-long exemption will apply to flights linking EU airports to countries outside the bloc, a move welcomed by U.S. and Asian officials.

Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said she had agreed "to stop the clock" to create a positive atmosphere for international talks on an alternative global plan to tackle airline emissions.   Continued...