Global aviation deal delivers blow to EU ETS

The International Civil Aviation Organization has agreed to develop a mechanism to combat aviation's emissions by 2016. But the agreement makes it difficult for the EU to bring flights under its emissions trading scheme

The EU faces a difficult choice over whether to bring flights to and from Europe back within its emissions trading scheme (ETS), after an international meeting said this could only be done following negotiations with other governments.

On 4 October, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), meeting in Montreal, agreed a way forward for tackling the sector’s emissions. It says the body will by the end of 2016 negotiate a market mechanism for keeping aviation’s emissions stable from 2020. This is likely to involve offsetting rather than emissions trading.

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