Airlines back offsetting to cut emissions as crunch talks near

Hopes that a global deal to combat aviation’s emissions can be reached this year have increased after the International Air Transport Association issued a proposal

The aviation industry has called for a global carbon offsetting scheme to be introduced to control the sector’s climate impacts. But it does not want one in place until after 2020 and it wants airlines to still be allowed to grow.

The International Air Transport Association approved the “agreement on carbon neutral growth” at its annual general meeting in South Africa on 3 June.

The text calls on countries to agree a market-based mechanism to control emissions at the next meeting of the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly in September.

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