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11 Jun 2009 09:06:06

Airlines agree global emissions reduction targets



Airlines agree global emissions reduction targets
Airlines from the Aviation Global Deal (AGD) Group have presented new proposals to world leaders gathered in the German city of Bonn on how to deal with international emissions from flights.

The group set out a range of different scenarios and targets on the reduction of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases for UN delegates to consider.

Among them were considerations for carbon-neutral growth, a 5 percent reduction in emissions through to 2020 and a 20 percent reduction over the same period.

The different targets, which were set out in collaboration with the Climate Group, would see airlines becoming active participants in carbon offsetting and mitigation schemes.

Under the AGD Group proposals, a part of the aviation sector's emission allowances would also be auctioned to help fund climate change initiatives in developing countries.

Mark Kenber, policy director at the Climate Group, said that the approach would help to establish a "fair and equitable" outcome for airlines that also reflects "political realities" and the current state of negotiations on emissions reductions.

"This is a solution that works for the environment, the aviation industry and critically the international climate negotiations."

According to the Climate Group, emissions from the transport sector are growing faster than any other and will double between now and 2050 if they continue on their current course.

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