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22 Sep 2009 12:09:08

Aviation industry promises to halve emissions



Aviation industry promises to halve emissions
The aviation industry is preparing to announce a series of measures to reduce its carbon emissions by 50 percent.

Airlines intend to meet this target, which is in comparison to 2005 levels, by 2050.

The International Air Transport Association will present its proposals to the United Nations forum on climate change in the US tomorrow (September 23rd).

These include ensuring all industry growth is carbon neutral by 2020 and cutting CO2 emissions by 1.5 percent annually for the next ten years.

Joining a carbon offsetting scheme is also on the agenda for the long-term, the IATA noted.

British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh is expected to tell the UN that the proposals could rectify the exclusion of the aviation industry from the Kyoto protocol.

He will say: "Our proposals represent the most environmentally effective and practical means of reducing aviation's carbon impact.

"They are the best option for the planet and we urge the UN to adopt them."

The UN is calling for the mobilisation of "political will and vision" towards environmental goals at the climate change forum.

http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/climatechange/lang/en/...

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