India joins China in boycotting EU carbon tax

Indian Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan addresses a press conference at the Tenth BASIC Ministerial Meeting in New Delhi. India

India has barred its airlines from participating in the European Union’s carbon taxation scheme. The government ordered no Indian carrier would share emissions data with the EU, according to the AFP.

“Though the European Union has directed Indian carriers to submit emission details of their aircraft by March 31, 2012, no Indian carrier is submitting them in view of the position of the government,” Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said Thursday.

The European Union imposed a carbon tax on air travel with effect from January 1, but no airline will face a bill until 2013 after this year’s carbon emissions have been tallied.

India’s resolution to boycott the scheme comes on the heels of China’s decision last month to ban its airlines from complying with the EU regulations.

The EU has said the carbon tax will help it achieve its goal of cutting emissions by 20 percent by 2020 and that it will not back down on the plan.