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Government of India
Ministry of Civil Aviation
31-August-2012 17:38 IST
EU Enforcement of Carbon Tax
The Government has opposed unilateral inclusion of Indian International flight to/from an European Union (EU) airport in the European Union-Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) from 1st January, 2012. The Ministry of Civil Aviation hosted an International Meeting on 29-30th September, 2011 at New Delhi of non-EU International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council Members and other non-EU Member States in which a Joint Declaration was adopted opposing the EU-ETS. India thereafter took the lead to co-present this Joint Declaration as a Working Paper (WP), which was adopted by the ICAO Council. As a follow up to this Declaration, another meeting was held in Moscow on 21st -22nd February, 2012 in which a Moscow Declaration against the EU-ETS was adopted. Based on these Declarations which contained a series of counter measures, the second COS meeting held on 29th March, 2012, recommended that the Indian carriers should not participate in the EU-ETS. Accordingly, the Indian carriers have been formally prohibited from participating in the EU-ETS.

The likely impact on the airfare though expected to be significant is not being estimated as no Indian carrier is submitting the trial data required this year on emissions in view of the stand of the Government to oppose the scheme.

This information was given by the Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Ajit Singh in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.