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US, China, EU Pledge Support for Aviation Industry Carbon Targets

airplaneGlobal emissions rules for airlines is picking up steam ahead of a United Nation’s aviation board meeting later this month.

The US, China, Mexico and now 44 European counties have pledged to support a market-based program in which the commercial aviation industry offsets its greenhouse gas emissions by investing in emissions-reduction projects in other sectors.

The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization meets in Montreal beginning Sept. 27 to formally adopt a global deal to limit aviation GHGs. The proposed international standards will be voluntary between 2021 and 2026 and then mandatory from 2027 for the world’s largest emitters. The White House says they are expected to reduce carbon emissions more than 650 million tons between 2020 and 2040.

The aviation industry doesn’t have its own carbon reduction targets under last year’s Paris climate deal.

Meanwhile the EPA is moving forward with its own aircraft emissions rules.

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