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BASIC opposes EU model carbon emissions norms for air travel

Last Updated: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 22:52

Chennai: The European Union`s move to push for an EU model single global carbon emissions framework for air travel is facing stiff opposition from a powerful climate group of nations in which India and China are members.

The meeting of climate negotiators from BASIC countries - Brazil, South Africa, China and India, here today is learnt to have decided to oppose the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) finalising a "European model" international regulation on emissions.

Sources said climate negotiators from these emerging economies want "different menu of options to be discussed" before reaching a final decision on the issue.

"EU move to have a single mechanism on carbon tax on air travel is not acceptable. Their move for a global measure is one approach only," the source said without elaborating.

They said negotiators from Brazil and South Africa also supported India and China on this issue.

A final picture on the matter is expected to evolve at tomorrow`s meeting of Environment Ministers from these nations, the sources said.

In November last, the EU, facing strong opposition from powerful countries including United States, India, China and Russia had decided to freeze the carbon tax measure for a year on flights to and from non-European nations.

The powerful 27-EU nation bloc, which imposed the scheme on January 1 last year, decided to suspend it in the interests of negotiating a global deal on Carbon emission.

The move was opposed by 26 of ICAO`s 36 member nations including India and China. They had argued that the EU measure violates international law.

In April last year, India had barred its airlines from complying with the EU carbon tax.

Tomorrow`s Ministerial level meeting will review decisions taken at last year`s Doha climate conference and plan future steps for taking the global process for an ambitious and equitable agreement under the Durban Platform, sources said.

Important issues that will engage the attention of BASIC Ministers are principles under the Durban Platform, the role and relevance of independent international initiatives, including sectoral actions in promotion and achievement of global ambition, and the steps needed to ensure means of implementation to parties for enhancing their efforts.

BASIC has emerged as an important grouping in the climate change negotiations, and has acted as a key voice of developing countries.


First Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 22:51
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