Airlines agree to cut aviation emissions

A majority of the 190 governments belonging to the
international body that oversees civil aviation have agreed to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. The decision, taken
Friday by the International Civil Aviation Organization, will cover
90 percent of worldwide air traffic.  

The deal breaks a 10 year ICAO stalemate over greenhouse gases
and marks the first time governments have agreed to reduce
emissions from an individual economic sector.

The delegates adopted a comprehensive resolution to reduce the
impact of aviation emissions on climate change. The agreement
provides a roadmap for action through 2050 for the ICAO member

The governments agreed to cap greenhouse gas emissions from
international aviation at 2020 levels, and to improve fuel
efficiency by two percent annually to 2050.

The resolution was adopted with some states expressing
reservations and calling upon the ICAO Council to continue its work
on specific aspects of the agreement.

The agreement comes two months before climate negotiations are
taken up by these same governments at the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, summit meeting in Cancun,

Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez of Mexico, president of the ICAO Council,
said, “We feel that the Assembly resolution and related decisions
are good examples of the spirit of cooperation that can make a
substantial contribution to the UNFCCC discussions.”

“This agreement demonstrates what can be achieved when parties
with divergent and even conflicting views are determined to
progress towards results that are in the best interest of an
industry as critical to the world economy as aviation,” Kobeh


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