The route from China to ICAO's CORSIA emissions scheme: there's still a long way to go
The 39th session of ICAO Assembly last October is regarded as a milestone in addressing CO2 emissions from international aviation. Specifically, the resolution on the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) was adopted by the Assembly, in spite of the fact that Russia, India and a few others maintained their serious concerns on the equity and feasibility of the scheme. China is a constructive and even decisive contributor to the successful outcome of the Assembly after a long series of give-and-take discussions, writes Ren Wang.
During the Assembly, ICAO included China in the list of countries that have decided to join the scheme from the beginning based on the wording “…China and the United States support the ICAO Assembly to reach consensus on a global market-based measure this October, and expect to be early participants in such measure” included in the US-China Climate Change Cooperation Outcomes in September 2016. However, no official announcement is available to confirm China is or will be an early participant. From expectation to confirmation, there’s a long way to go for both ICAO and China.[...]
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