Sunday, December 13, 2015

Global Aviation Emissions Deal Expected Next Year

A plane flies in the polluted air above the airport fences in Beijing Feb. 22, 2012. (Credit: Reuters)  Click to Enlarge.
A deal on limiting carbon dioxide emissions from aviation will likely be reached next year, no matter the outcome of climate change talks in Paris, a senior official from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.

The aviation industry is not covered by the United Nations climate talks in Paris because it is organized under a separate U.N. body, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
ICAO is working on options for a market-based system to enable airlines to reduce emissions by buying carbon offsets or allowances, plus a global CO2 emissions standard for aircraft.  The organization hopes to unveil the market-based system at a meeting next September.

"There is genuine momentum building behind the ICAO process and we're confident there will be a successful outcome at ICAO Assembly," Michael Gill, Director Aviation Environment at IATA, told journalists in Geneva.

Gill said among the main sticking points were how airlines would measure and report their emissions, and how the scheme would take into account the different rates of economic development both of countries and their airlines.

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