Coronavirus: Outbreak could lock aviation industry into lower emission limits

A climate change expert has said that the impact of the coronavirus, which has brought the aviation industry to a standstill, could lead to airlines being tied into lower future CO2 limits.

Speaking in front of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) yesterday, Katherine Kramer, global head of climate change policy at Christian Aid, said it was likely airlines would now be held to “a very low baseline”.

“One possible benefit for this virus, if you can see any light in this particular tragedy, is that their baseline is 2020, and at the moment aviation is, as we know, kind of flatlining,” she said.

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