The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has voted in favour of tightening the rules on aircraft emissions. The Parliament has proposed that the total emissions cap of aircraft be set at 75 per cent of the average emissions recorded by the industry between 2004 and 2006. This is more stringent than the European Commission proposal which suggested calculating the cap at 100 per cent of emissions recorded in this period. The Parliament has also proposed that the regulations apply as of 2010 – a year earlier than that proposed by the Commission. The proposal, if accepted, will cover all planes arriving at or departing from EU airports while allowing airlines to buy and sell “pollution credits” on the EU carbon market.