Airline group backs global emissions trading scheme
carbon emissions and hope the proposal will be included in a broader U.N. pact
to fight climate change.
to U.N. climate change officials on how to tackle the sector’s carbon emissions.
that share is expected to rise, as leading green groups and the European Union
demand the sector clean up its act.
Virgin Atlantic [VA.UL], airport operator BAA (FER.MC) and international NGO The
Climate Group have proposed a deal that covers all carbon pollution from the international
trading within the sector and possibly with other industries and countries.
therefore let us get on with our job in peace”, said Mark Kenber, policy director
of The Climate Group, which advises businesses and governments on how to cut carbon
by telephone from London.
well for them economically, then they will get saddled with some other option.”
change negotiators later on Monday in Bonn in Germany, where representatives from
175 nations are meeting to work on a broader climate pact to replace the Kyoto
of greenhouse gas pollution and must pay for its emissions like many other industries.
according to the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines.
decision to include aviation in the bloc’s emissions trading scheme from 2012.
join and were talking to several other airlines in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East
and the United States.
global cap on aviation emissions and that any scheme agreed must be integrated
within a post-Kyoto climate pact set to take effect from 2013.
in proportion to the carbon content of their annual fuel purchases. A UN body
should administer the system, including the auction of permits.
for developing nations, help fund development of sustainable biofuels for use
in aviation and towards a U.N.-backed initiative that aims to save forests in
poorer nations in return for tradeable carbon credits.
aviation cap might be as well as how best to integrate the scheme into the carbon
table when U.N. climate negotiators meet again in June in Bonn. (Editing by Michael
account radiative forcing or other gases.
Airlines want governments to be stricter on emissions
companies have called on governments to be stricter with them.
forces with the British Airports Authority and The Climate Group, a policy consultancy,
in a proposal for a global
agreement, scheduled to be signed in December. The move was announced at the close
of 10 days of
greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Without action, its share could rise to 15 per cent by 2050. Yet the industry
is not yet required to reduce its emissions – even under the Kyoto protocol.
of the Air Transport Action Group says the industry would rather governments “take
a global approach for aviation rather than the current patchwork of national and
regional emissions management schemes”.
to stop expanding. The airlines hope stricter regulations could stimulate the
adoption of greener aviation fuels, such as biofuels.