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Airplane Emissions Rules Ready for Takeoff

US climate rules targeting airplane emissions will hurt the nation’s airline industry as well as companies like Boeing and General Electric that make planes and their parts, the industry’s trade group says.

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Does the Aircraft Emissions Standard Fall Short?

The first-ever global emissions standard for commercial aircraft — years in the making — moved closer to takeoff this week as the United Nation’s aviation body proposed carbon pollution limits for airplanes. The International Civil Aviation Organization did not release details of its proposal. But that hasn’t stopped the aviation … Read more »

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EPA Targets Aircraft Emissions

The EPA last week said it would propose an endangerment finding, which would allow it to regulate aircraft greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act if it determines that aircraft GHGs contribute to air pollution and endanger public health. The agency says it will release its findings in April … Read more »

EU Exempts Long-Haul Flights from ETS Until 2017

The European Parliament yesterday postponed, to 2017, the date by which the EU’s Emissions Trading System will apply to the entire length of flights in and out of Europe. The 458-120 vote brings three decades of contentious negotiation to a close, Reuters reports. EU rules bringing aviation into the ETS, with … Read more »

EU Compromise Faces Opposition

A deal at the European Union to exempt long-haul flights from having to pay for their carbon emissions is in jeopardy, Reuters reports. EU politicians plan to vote against a deal that would delay payments until the end of 2016. The European Parliament’s 71-member Environment Committee will vote on March … Read more »

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United Airlines Launches Cargo Carbon Calculator

United Airlines, in partnership with Sustainable Travel International, has launched a cargo emissions and offset calculator that computes per capita carbon emissions for customers shipping via United Cargo. United says it is the only US-based carrier to offer the calculator to its customers. Using the calculator, cargo customers can input … Read more »

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Aviation Deal: Questions Remain

Several uncertainties still threaten the planned market for reducing airliner emissions. Last week the International Civil Aviation Organization agreed to create a market-based program starting in 2020, with details to be decided in 2016. But at the last minute, the ICAO included a principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities,” which arose … Read more »

UN Body Approves ‘Historic’ Airline Deal

The UN’s aviation body has approved a plan for a market-based program to cut airline industry emissions, in a move Bloomberg described as “unprecedented for a single global industry.” The market mechanism is supposed to start in 2020, but as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) executive committee agreed Thursday, details … Read more »

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Global Aviation GHG Plan Set for Vote

The UN aviation body will today vote on a plan to curb the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions by adopting a global market-based measure by 2020. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) executive committee reached a deal late Thursday to “decide to develop a global MBM (market-based mechanism) scheme for international … Read more »

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ICAO Grounds Aviation GHG Plan

The UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council failed to adopt a global, market-based measure to reduce carbon emissions from international aviation. Instead, the ICAO yesterday agreed to “have tools in place” by 2016 to develop a market-based measure and come up with a global aviation carbon management plan beginning … Read more »

Aviation Emissions Report Adds Urgency to GHG Plan

Aviation Emissions Report Adds Urgency to GHG Plan

Emissions trading offers the best and most cost-effective way of mitigating aviation emissions and climate impact by 2050, according to a report by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Centre for Air Transport and Environment (CATE). The least effective strategy is biofuels, using the assumptions of the UK Committee on Climate Change’s assessment … Read more »