On February 6, China banned its airlines from paying the carbon emissions tax.
The official Xinhua news agency quoted the Civil Aviation Administration of China as saying the airlines are not allowed to pay the tax or add other fees without government permission.
“China objects to the EU’s decision to impose the scheme on non-EU airlines, and has expressed its concerns over the scheme through various channels,” Xinhua quoted an aviation administration statement as saying.
The statement said China would consider “adopting necessary measures to protect interests of Chinese individuals and companies,” but did not say what those measures would be.
IATA, the International Air Transport Association, which represents about 240 airlines comprising 84 percent of global air traffic, estimates the new emissions rules will cost airlines up to 900 million euros ($1.17 billion) this year and rise to 2.8 billion euros in 2020.
Not surprisingly, environmentalists support the EU’s scheme, one of the most far-reaching measures adopted by any government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Although only 3 percent of total manmade carbon emissions come from aircraft, aviation is the fastest-growing source of carbon pollution.
Jamaican Food Exporters Not Prepared for U.S. Food Rules
Nearly half of Jamaica’s food exporters aren’t able to comply with the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to Jamaica’s Food Safety Modernization Coordinator, Beverley Miller.
Inspections of food exporting facilities carried out by Jamaican officials revealed that 44 percent of those facilities “are in need of major assistance” in order to meet FSMA regulations, said Miller.
The U.S. market represents a huge opportunity for Jamaican food exporters, therefore the Jamaican government has decided to help exporters with funding in order to comply with the more stringent food safety regulations.
Researchers Announce Results of PigTracker RFID Study
Researchers in Denmark have completed a three-year study conducted by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council’s Pig Research Center, which tested ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology to track pigs from a few weeks after they are born until they are sold or received at a slaughterhouse.
The project, known as PigTracker, found that UHF technology read tags at a higher rate than was achieved using low-frequency (LF) tags (the type of RFID technology more commonly utilized for animal tracking), and was also less expensive.
During the study, the UHF tags worn by the pigs were read from a distance of 2 meters (6.6 feet) at a 100 percent read rate, while farmers who have used LF technology, reported that those tags could only be read from approximately 20 centimeters (7.9 inches).
Currently, most cattle in Denmark wear LF tags, as is required by federal mandates, and while farmers are not required to track their pigs electronically, many have also tried the LF tags in order to improve visibility into the location of each pig and to provide an automated record of every animal’s history and medical treatments or vaccinations.
TrilliumHD to Open CNG Fueling Station in Wisconsin
TrilliumHD will open a new CNG fueling station in late March in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Public access to the fuel will be available to anyone with a CNG vehicle. The station’s customers, however, will be heavy-duty (HD) trucking and transportation fleets. Special fueling programs will be available to fleets wanting to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of CNG.
“Natural gas makes good economic sense as a transportation fuel for our country,” said Charles Koontz, managing director of strategic business development for Integrys Transportation Fuels. “With an abundant supply of domestic natural gas, forecasts show low and stable long-term prices for CNG,” he said.
“It isn’t affected by the global issues that make gasoline and diesel prices so volatile. Through TrilliumHD, we want to build a network of over-the-road CNG fueling stations to ensure CNG is a convenient, readily accessible fuel for drivers.”