From this year, all airlines are being charged for carbon emission on flights to and from and within the European Union (EU) under its controversial Emissions Trading System (ETS). This covers passenger, cargo and non-commercial flights. A failure to comply with the ETS might cost Gulf carriers hundreds of millions of dollars in fees and penalties – a move that has come under serious attack from the global airline community.
As an oil-producing region, the Middle East has long been considered a net emitter of carbon. However, a latest Deloitte whitepaper indicates that this perception now appears to be changing as the region takes steps to embrace green initiatives, including the airlines.