Comments on: China has moral high ground over “dirty skies” Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: DanToronto Fri, 02 Mar 2012 19:14:07 +0000 This author should have taken the trouble to read the judgment of the European Court of Justice, which rejected the complaints of various airlines this past December. The EU is not making airlines pay “for something that happens above other countries”. Airlines are charged for carbon emissions only if they arrive at or leave from a European airport. The pollution charge is applied only within EU jurisdiction – although it is calculated based on the total emissions emitted during an entire flight. This is a reasonable application of the polluter pays principle. Countries have a sovereign right to exercise their own laws within their own jurisdictions. If an airline wishes to fly into or out of the EU, it has to accept EU laws, including laws which impose a penalty on pollution.