Sweden Welcomes CO2 Air Travel Compromise

Sweden has welcomed the decision by European Union Ministers to impose carbon dioxide emissions limits on air travel.

EU Environment Ministers agreed Thursday on a compromise plan to include airlines in the emissions trading scheme from 2012. The restrictions would involve airlines flying within the EU as well as flights to or from the union.

Sweden wanted a lower ceiling on emissions, but Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren says it was important to include air travel within the system as soon as possible. Carlgren told Swedish Radio News that the EU also needs to show leadership in the process to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto protocol.

The president of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation has expressed disappointment, calling the agreement a toothless tiger.

But the head of information for Scandinavian Airlines says it is a reasonable compromise.

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