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Airlines pledge 50 per cent emissions cut by 2050

2009

Airlines, airports and aircraft manufacturers have made a commitment to halve the aviation industry’s carbon emissions by 2050.

British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh announced the agreement on behalf of the International Air Transport Association to world leaders at
the United Nations climate change forum in New York.

Other proposals put forward by Walsh on the industry’s behalf include:
  making all industry growth carbon-neutral by 2020
  cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 per cent every year for the next decade
  a global carbon trading scheme.

If the proposals are accepted by the UN they will be on the agenda at December’s climate change conference in Copenhagen.

The commitment comes after the Aviation Global Deal Group, a coalition of airlines, said ‘carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation must be integrated within [any] agreement, at a sectoral level’ in Copenhagen.

British Airways has warned, however, that such a global scheme would add about £3billion ($4.9bn) annually to industry costs, which would be passed on to passengers through higher fares.

The association represents 230 airlines comprising 93 per cent of scheduled international air traffic.



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