European Commission considers fines on Air India, Jet: NYT report1 min read . Updated: 17 May 2013, 12:02 AM IST
10 Chinese and Indian airlines yet to comply with rules aimed at regulating greenhouse emissions, says a NYT report
Mumbai: The European Commission is considering fining and even barring from European airports, 10 Chinese and Indian airlines that are yet to comply with rules aimed at regulating greenhouse emissions, The New York Times said in a report on Thursday.
The carriers are accused of not providing emissions data, as required by the European rules, and not participating in a permit system that entitles airlines to emit greenhouse gases in European airspace, the report said.
The volumes of carbon dioxide that the European Commission said the 10 carriers emitted through their jet engines in Europe last year was comparable to the emissions from burning about 130 rail cars of coal, it said.
The commission said two Indian airlines face total fines of €30,000, the paper reported.
“No airlines have been fined yet for violating the permit system, and the programme does not present them with huge costs, at least initially. The system has added less than €1 to the cost of flights from, say, Paris to Rome," the report said.
India condemned the move.
“ It is totally unexpected," said director general of civil aviation Arun Mishra. “They (EU) have agreed to suspend the emissions trading scheme and they have been working with all ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) stake holders to evolve a global market based framework"
Mishra said no information has been received by India. “We will seek more information from EU," Mishra said
India has told Air India and Jet not to file any data to EU on carbon emissions. The emissions trading scheme for airline emissions is being opposed by US and dozens of other countries including India, China, and Russia.
“Aviation greenhouse emissions under EU ETS are being handled by and under the directions of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India level," Jet Airways said a statement. Air India did not offer any comments for this story.
“It’s not an airline-to-government issue, but its government-to-government issue. The government had stopped us from giving data to European Commission. So now the ball is in the court of the government," aan executive at one of the Indian airlines said, asking that neither he nor the airline where he works be identified.
Mint’s Tarun shukla contributed to this story.