Russia urges ICAO to reconsider 'unrealistic' carbon neutrality goal and market measures for international aviation
The Russian Federation, which played a leading role along with major emerging nations at the recent ICAO Assembly to dilute the scope of national and regional market-based measures (MBMs), says the goal of carbon neutrality from 2020 for international aviation is unrealistic. Such a goal predetermines the need for MBMs, which it argues reduces the potential of the sector to actually lower greenhouse gas emissions and would also have a negative impact on flight safety due to slower rates of technological development. To achieve real emissions reductions, the Russian Federation urges the ICAO Council to “revisit” the goals set out in the Assembly climate change resolution. The carbon-neutral goal (CNG2020) is also challenged by the other BRIC nations, whereas Europe argues the goal is insufficiently ambitious.
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