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International Update Volume 42, Issue 9

INDIA BOYCOTTS EU'S AVIATION EMISSIONS SCHEME

EU, India

India asked its airlines to boycott the European Union's climate scheme last week, joining China in refusing to comply with the EU's carbon charge plan. "Though the European Union has directed Indian carriers to submit emissions details of their aircraft by March 31, 2012, no Indian carrier is submitting them in view of the position of the government," said Ajit Singh, India's civil aviation minister.

UK SUPREME COURT TOSSES OUT SOLAR TARIFF CHALLENGE

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom Supreme Court rejected on Friday the government's appeal of a ruling deeming its changes to the solar tariff scheme "legally flawed." The ruling ends months of uncertainty for the industry, and determines that solar installations completed between December and early March will receive the original 43 per kilowatt hour (kwh) rate for 25 years, rather than the new 21 per kwh rate proposed by the government. "Permission to appeal was refused because the application does not raise an arguable point of law of general public importance," read the ruling.

CHEVRON EXECS FACE JAILTIME, LICENSE SUSPENSION

Brazil

Chevron's oil license is at risk in Brazil after federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against executives for an oil leak near Rio de Janeiro last year. Federal Prosecutor Eduardo Santos de Oliveira charged 17 Chevron and Transocean executives with environmental crimes and called for prison sentences of up to 31 years, adding to an earlier civil lawsuit seeking over $11 billion in damages. Oliveira has said that Chevron's drilling damaged the subsea reservoir, creating a "contamination time bomb" and raising the possibility of catastrophic future leaks.