According to James Murray of Business Green: This move has made not only other countries but also, "the airlines themselves to agree that what is required to tackle global aviation emissions is an international carbon pricing mechanism. The only difference is that non-EU countries and the airlines want to see the EU scheme suspended while this new mechanism is negotiated, something the EU will not concede on the grounds that it is the current emissions charges that are forcing everyone to the table. It has always said that it will drop aviation from the emissions trading scheme as soon as a comparable international mechanism for tackling emissions from the sector is in place."The EU is also ready to restart international negotiations to tackle the shipping sector's emissions by pricing emissions in EU waters. This will force other countries to comply or face charges unless they come back with a global solution. This is sure to create another round of opposition between trading blocs however, the EU seems oblivious to the ruckus. Although the EU is in deep financial problems and is clawing its way out of a quagmire, but it is not about to sacrifice the ETS and continues to set ambitious targets across the board. By enforcing such norms within the bloc, they are forcing the rest of the world to comply and thereby raising the bar for policy making.
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