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ICAO emissions deal won't stop ETS.(News Briefs)(International Civil Aviation Organization)(Emissions Trading Scheme)(European Union)

Member states of ICAO finalized an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including creating a framework to implement market-based measures to manage aviation GHGs on a sectoral basis. But the achievement did not persuade the EU to drop its plan to require noncommunity airlines to participate in its Emissions Trading Scheme from 2012, as EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard made clear, stating that the resolution "expressly recognizes that aircraft emissions must be stabilized" and that it "is a good basis for proceeding swiftly with the inclusion of aviation" in the ETS.

The comprehensive resolution, adopted at the 37th ICAO General Assembly last month, formalizes last year's "aspirational goal" of achieving a 2% annual fuel efficiency improvement up to the year 2050 and also sets a target of 2013 for a CO2 standard for aircraft engines. …

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