Aviation agrees to CO2 emissions standards

World’s first aviation emissions standards agreed in Montreal
The world’s first carbon dioxide emissions standards for the aviation industry have been agreed in Montreal, despite disagreement between Europe and the USA on how high to set the bar.
Agreed at a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the standards agreed by 22 countries apply to new aircraft starting in 2020, Reuters reports.
They set a target for a 33% emissions cut for new deliveries of current in-production aircraft types from 2023, staggered over a five-year period, and a 36% emissions cut on new aircraft designs as of 2020.
However, the standards do not apply to existing aircraft in service.
“This outcome was the minimum needed from ICAO for a credible first start,” said Bill Hemmings, aviation director at the Brussels-based NGO Transport & Environment. “The Europeans moved a bit, but it was not what the US administration wanted.”
Planes weighing 60 tonnes or more generate most of the aviation sector’s carbon dioxide emissions. Aviation was not included in the global UN climate deal reached in Paris in December.


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