ICAO Assembly climate change outcome hailed by industry but seen as a missed opportunity by environmental NGOs
The adoption of a resolution by ICAO States at the close of their 38th Assembly on Friday that commits to developing a global market-based measure (MBM) to limit the growth of international aviation emissions was hailed by the aviation industry as an historic and landmark agreement. Airline representative body IATA said a global MBM was needed to complement a strategy to reducing the industry’s climate impacts, including its carbon-neutral growth goal from 2020. IATA Director General Tony Tyler said the sector was eager to get on with the detailed work needed to design the scheme in time for finalisation at the next Assembly in 2016. Environmental NGOs were less impressed and said the deal reached in Montreal only committed to the possibility of an MBM agreement in 2016 and had reined back regional efforts such as the EU ETS to reduce fast-growing aviation emissions.
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