ICAO adopts India’s stand against EU aviation norms

November 11th, 2011 - 10:19 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 11 (IANS) The Indian government Friday said that a working paper presented by it to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) against aviation emission norms proposed by the European Union (EU) has been passed as a resolution.

“After a long debate in the council of ICAO, the working paper presented by India and supported by 25 other states was fully adopted,” the civil aviation ministry said in a statement here.

According to the statement, the working paper was adopted by the ICAO in a meeting on Nov 2, in Montreal (Canada). The paper urges the EU not to include non-EU airlines in the its emissions trading system.

The EU had unilaterally passed a regulation to include aviation in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), whereby all airlines - regardless of nationality - would be taxed if they overshoot their emission limits while operating over Europe.

The ETS is scheduled to come into force from January 2012.

“Government has always opposed this unilateral scheme. The ministry of civil aviation had written a letter to the European Commission stating that such market based measure could only be imposed after bilateral agreements with the EU member states,” the statement said.

In September, the civil aviation ministry convened a meeting of all non-EU member states in ICAO Council here to coordinate a unified stand against the ETS.

“A declaration was unanimously adopted urging the EU not to subject non-EU carriers to this scheme,” the statement said adding that the working paper had elements of New Delhi Declaration.

Meanwhile, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged cooperation to resolve the issue.

“The industry supports market based measures-including emissions trading that are globally coordinated through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),” Tony Tyler,director general and chief executive, IATA said in a statement.

“I cannot think of another issue that touches international aviation, with the exception of safety, on which China, India, Russia, Japan and the US are in agreement,” Tyler added.

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