A number of Indian and Chinese carriers are still to comply with a European Union requirement to provide emissions data in relation to its controversial carbon-trading scheme.
While the application of Europe's emissions trading system for EU intercontinental flights has been frozen as part of efforts to broker a global deal, airlines have been required to provide the necessary emissions data by the end of April.
"Aircraft operators responsible for over 98% of the 2012 aviation emissions covered by the EU ETS have successfully taken the necessary steps to date to comply with the EU ETS legislation," the European Commission says in highlighting the first year of the scheme applying to aviation. Following the deadline for providing the data, some Chinese and Indian carriers, reportedly 10 in total, are still in non-compliance.
China and India are among the countries that have been vocal in their opposition to Europe's unilateral implementation of the scheme. After several months of deadlock and increasing worries of its escalating into a trade war, the Commission last November agreed to exclude intercontinental flights from the scheme until the end of October 2013.
"All cases of non-compliance will be examined by the competent authorities of the responsible member states in accordance with established procedures," the Commission says. Under the ETS legislation, each non-EU country is assigned a member state to administer their emissions data and to ensure payment of an excess emissions penalty.