ICAO moves closer to agreement on limiting growth of aviation emissions as EU officials justify climb-down
The special meeting of the ICAO Council held last Wednesday to consider the draft climate change resolution to be put before the ICAO Assembly later this month resulted in broad acceptance but negotiations will continue on controversial aspects relating to market-based measures (MBMs). Major developing countries such as China, India and Brazil remain unhappy with the text relating to the implementation of interim national or regional MBMs pending a single global scheme. EU countries, on the other hand, expressed general support for the draft despite it falling well short of the EU’s starting position. Top EU policymakers at a Brussels seminar on Wednesday expressed the view that although the negotiations were likely to result in a far from perfect outcome, it was the best that could be achieved in the circumstances. Environmental NGOs expressed their anger at ICAO and the perceived climb-down by the EU, while an aviation industry representative said the sector would continue to push for a stronger commitment by the Assembly for a global MBM.
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