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ICAO Inaction Strands Emissions Reductions

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Brad Schallert, senior program officer for international climate change policy, on today’s failure of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council to adopt a global, market-based measure to reduce carbon emissions from international aviation:

“This is yet another missed opportunity to cut carbon emissions from aviation. Despite new research showing the financial and environmental benefits of reducing emissions sooner rather than later, ICAO has once again grounded hopes for a market-based solution – in the face of pleas from both industry and environmentalists.

“While the Council’s inaction makes it even more difficult for international leaders to find an emissions reduction solution before year’s end, the need could not be greater. Without a firm commitment to a global, market-based solution from delegates at the full ICAO Assembly later this month, another three years of delays and inaction are bound to follow.”

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