EU green tax on airlines a deal breaker, says Jayanthi Natarajan

Minister for environment and forests Jayanthi Natarajan has flayed an emission tax ''unilaterally'' imposed by the European Union on airlines of other countries, as retrograde.

The tax on international airlines under the 27-member EU's Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), is a ''deal breaker'', she said, adding that the move comes amidst global efforts to tackle climate change challenges.

Speaking at a TERI event in New Delhi today, the minister said that the tax had been imposed in the guise of protecting environment. She said she had written a letter to EU Commissioner for Climate Change demanding a reversal of the carbon tax.

''In Durban, India played an extremely constructive role...We have a vital stake as we are vulnerable to climate change. It is critical for us to keep going and have a fair share and access to clean energy,'' Natarajan said,

Meanwhile, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) said its Climate Change Forum would promote informed discussion on the Prime Minister's National Action Plan on Climate Change, state-level plans, other domestic responses, inter-linkages between climate change and trade, intellectual property rights, human rights etc.

Dr R.K Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said that there were many scientific options available to help the country understand the challenges and guide other societies as well.