Indian airlines will not submit emission details for EU ETS

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Indian carriers have not and will not comply with the EU's directive to submit emission details of their aircraft by 31 March under the Emissions Trading System (ETS), the country's civil aviation minister says.

"No Indian carrier is submitting them in view of the position of the government. Hence the imposition of carbon tax does not arise," says Ajit Singh, speaking in parliament on 22 March.

He reiterated that India is party to a declaration issued in Moscow last month, where several options are "available to the government as counter measures" to the EU ETS.

"Depending upon the EU's consideration of the resolution of the Moscow declaration, appropriate retaliatory measures would be undertaken by all signatories," adds Ajit.

India had said that it considers the EU ETS as a unilateral measure and in violation of the Chicago Convention and provisions of the UN Framework Convention on climate change.

Last month, the Civil Aviation Administration of China also banned China's airlines from complying with the scheme.