The meeting of BASIC countries – Brazil, South Africa, China and India — in Pretoria, South Africa, made a strong statement against EU’s carbon tax on aviation at the end of two-day talks.
A joint statement of the four countries stated, “Ministers were deeply concerned at the continued unilateral action by the EU to include international aviation in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), including intentions for similar unilateral measures, and called for immediate withdrawal of such actions that violate the multilateral rules-based system and adversely affect trust among parties.”
The statement came days ahead of a meeting called by the US in Washington on the same issue against the backdrop of its own stand of disagreeing with the BASIC countries’ views towards setting up an international regime for carbon tax on aviation under the International Civil Aviation Organization and outside the ambit of UN climate convention.
The BASIC nations also tried to set a clear intent for future climate negotiations. They noted that action would have to be taken on all counts, including finance, technology and adaptation and not just mitigation under the Durban Platform track of talks as some developed countries have been insisting.