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26 countries join to protest EU`s aircraft carbon emission plan
Date 03/10/2011 13:39  Author webmaster  Hits 953  Language Global
• 03 OCT 2011

Economic Times

NEW DELHI: In a first-of-its-kind initiative, member nations of UN aviation body, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and other non-European Union (EU) states led by India have come together to protest against EU's proposal to put a charge on carbon emissions from airlines.

EU's proposal to cap planet-warming gases under its emission trading system makes it mandatory for airlines flying into its airspace to buy carbon credits equivalent to the carbon dioxide emitted by their aircraft. This is supposed to come into effect from January next.

The meeting of 26 countries, chaired by civil aviation secretary SNA Zaidi, adopted a joint declaration on Friday, stating EU's proposal is inconsistent with international law. The participants also concurred that the EU-ETS measures were in violation of the Chicago convention governing aviation.

"We think that the EU's proposal is illegal because it seeks to charge airlines for the lag of journey outside its airspace. This is an extra-territorial principle, which is illegal," Zaidi said.

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India, 25 others oppose EU airline carbon charge plan (Reuters)