• The European Union plans to charge a green tax on flights to the US from Jan 1. 

  • The move is part of a carbon-trading rule on airlines using EU airports. A family of four now faces an extra charge of 80 pounds to fly to the US after the Brusselsruling on carbon emissions. 

  • The EU carbon-trading rule is designed to curb emissions of carbon dioxide from aircraft engines. Each airline will be allocated pollution permits slightly less than its average emissions record for previous years. 

  • If it exceeds its limit it can buy permits from other airlines that have emitted less than allowed and have leftover permits to sell. 

  • The aim is to persuade or force airlines to emit less carbon by upgrading their fleets or becoming more efficient.

  • All revenue derived by the EU from the programme will go towards fighting climate change.