Global opposition has forced the European Union to conditionally freeze its emissions trading scheme for one year. EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said she is seeking to create “a positive atmosphere” for global talks concerning aircraft emissions management — an approach lauded by many in the aviation industry. In the press release, the European government announced that it is no longer requiring airlines to submit their carbon allowances in April 2013 for emissions generated during 2012. Still, the EU hasn’t completely killed off the scheme. Hedegaard said that if ICAO hasn’t reached a global solution to lowering carbon emissions by next fall, the EU will move forward with the scheme.