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Historic agreement on aviation climate emissions

  • Published by Vedat
After two weeks of tense negotiations, following many years of discussions, delegates representing 191 countries have agreed a resolution charting the way forward for tackling aviation’s climate change impact.

At a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN specialised agency for aviation, Paul Steele, Executive Director of the industry-wide Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) said, “This is clearly an historic resolution, showing the leadership of both developed and developing country governments meeting at ICAO in driving to the first comprehensive agreement on climate change for any global sector.”

The resolution commits governments to develop a global market-based measure for aviation emissions from 2020, to be decided at the next ICAO assembly, scheduled for 2016. The next three years will be spent on technical discussions as states work on the design elements of such a scheme, including standards for the monitoring, reporting and verification of emissions and the type of scheme to be implemented.
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