. Space Industry and Business News .

India protests EU airline emissions tax
by Staff Writers
New Delhi (UPI) Jan 11, 2012

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

The European Union should immediately withdraw the carbon tax it began imposing on airlines beginning with the new year, India's environment minister said.

Indian Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan warned EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard in a letter the carbon emissions tax demanded from international airlines using European airspace is illegal and will hurt future climate-change negotiations, the Indian business news daily Mint reported Monday.

A copy of the letter, sent by Natarajan Dec. 28, was obtained by the newspaper.

In it, the Indian minister said the action taken under the EU's Emission Trading Scheme isn't valid.

"I strongly urge the EU to reconsider and reverse the decision to apply the scheme to non-EU airlines," he wrote, adding, "India strongly feels that a unilateral measure as the one proposed to be taken by EU, stands not only in violation of the principles and provisions of the (international) convention but will also not augur well for the success of future climate change negotiations."

India, China and the United States have led the opposition to the airline carbon tax, which came into effect Jan. 1. Under its provisions, the EU requires airlines flying to or from Europe to obtain certificates for carbon dioxide emissions.

While many airlines will be given free tax credits this year, they will eventually have to begin buying or trading credits in the future.

India and other opponents say the requirement is moot because it hasn't been negotiated as part of any international air services agreement and violates the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known as the Chicago Convention, which is enforced by the United Nations and sets air travel rights.

The opponents also contend the new carbon tax violates the Kyoto Protocol on climate change as well as the EU-U.S. Open Skies Agreement.

Those arguments, however, were rejected last month by the European Court of Justice, which threw out a challenge from U.S. carriers and ruled the EU was within its rights to impose the tax.

"Application of the emissions trading scheme to aviation infringes neither the principles of customary international law at issue nor the Open Skies Agreement," the court ruled.

India has asked airlines such as Air India, Jet Airways (India) Ltd. and Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. to refrain from turning over carbon emissions data to the EU. New Delhi contends the emissions tax will cost the carriers $57 million in 2012.

Isaac Valero-Ladron, spokesperson for Hedegaard, told Mint the commissioner had received Natarajan's letter and is preparing a reply.

"Our law gives all countries, including India, the choice to reduce aviation's carbon pollution differently," he said. "If India takes equivalent measures, all incoming flights from India can be exempt from the EU law when arriving in or departing from Europe."

China is also protesting the EU move, The Telegraph reported.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said last week Beijing "opposes the European Union's unilateral legislation. China has expressed to the EU our deep concern and opposition many times on a bilateral level."

Chinese airlines have promised to file suit against the EU directive.

Chai Haibo, an official with the China Air Transport Association, told the Communist Party newspaper People's Daily in November his group will sue the EU in Germany over its provisions.

Related Links
Aerospace News at SpaceMart.com

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Slovenian adventurer embarks on eco-friendly world trip
Ljubljana (AFP) Jan 8, 2012
Slovenian adventurer Matevz Lenarcic flew out of the capital Ljubljana on Sunday at the start of an eco-friendly trip around the world in an ultra-light plane boasting super-low fuel mileage. "I want to make people understand that this world is the only one we've been given and if we destroy it, we and our descendants will be losing it for good," Lenarcic told AFP ahead of the solo adventure ... read more

Apple suspends iPhone sales at China stores

LG TV named best gadget, Microsoft bows out in style

Metal oxide simulations could help green technology

First Intel-powered smartphone to debut in China

Raytheon's Navy Multiband Terminal Tests With On-Orbit AEHF Satellite

Northrop Grumman And ITT Exelis Team For Army Vehicular Radio

Lockheed Martin Ships First Mobile User Objective System Satellite To Cape For Launch

Satellite Tracking Specialist, Track24, wins Canadian Government Contract

China to launch Bolivian satellite in 2013: Chinese Ambassador

Ariane 5, Soyuz, Vega: Three world-changing launch vehicles

Satellites: Europe's Arianespace sets 13 launches for 2012

Arianespace Set To Ride The Power of Three In 2012

Association of Old Crows Recognizes the Dangers of Persistent GPS Interference

Chinese Satellite Navigation System Beidou Begin Test Services

China's satellite navigation system will meet both civil and defense needs

Russia, India to cooperate in production of satellite navigation equipment

India protests EU airline emissions tax

Airbus agrees A380 deal with Hong Kong Airlines: reports

Slovenian adventurer embarks on eco-friendly world trip

Chinese carriers won't pay EU carbon charge: group

Relay race with single atoms: New ways of manipulating matter

Tiny wires could usher new computer era

Stanford engineers achieve record conductivity in strained lattice organic semiconductor

New technique makes it easier to etch semiconductors

NASA Radar to Study Most Active Volcano On Hawaii

Astro Aerospace Completes CDA of Reflector Boom Assembly for SMAP Mission

Ice data at your fingertips

TRMM Satellite Measured Washi's Deadly Rainfall

Chemical measurements confirm official estimate of Gulf oil spill rate

UCSB scientists say topography played key role in Deepwater Horizon disaster

Italy violated human rights in garbage crisis: court

'Off the scale' smog grounds flights in Beijing


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement