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Major airlines push for emissions targets

April 2009

The aviation industry’s carbon dioxide emissions must top the agenda at this year’s meeting of governments on climate change, a group of leading airlines has said.

The Aviation Global Deal (AGD) Group, a coalition of Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic and the airport operator BAA, has announced that, at the forthcoming United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen in December, ‘carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation must be integrated within [any] agreement, at a sectoral level’.

International aviation, which produces two per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions, was not included in the Kyoto Protocol commitments and is not managed under any international climate change treaty.

The AGD Group, in a ‘communiqué on international aviation emissions and climate change policy’, says: ‘we recognize the need to find a global solution to our emissions that meets environmental and developmental needs while ensuring a level playing field in our markets.’

The ‘sectoral approach’ encompasses many principles, such as lower net carbon dioxide emissions ‘in line with scientifically determined targets’, the integration of international aviation emissions ‘in a post-Kyoto climate change agreement’, and the inclusion of ‘cost-effective market-based instruments including carbon trading’ in any framework.

The AGD is supported by The Climate Group, an environmental body working with government and business to reach agreements around a global climate deal. It welcomed the airlines’ new stance.

Aviation Global Deal Group | Global | Climate change


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