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The International Air Transport Association on 3 June endorsed a goal of carbon-neutral aviation industry growth after 2020 — a goal called “CNG2020″ put forward by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The IATA resolution emphasized the role that the aviation industry has played and is playing in pursuing sustainability, and it calls for national governments to work together and with industry actors to develop a comprehensive, global plan, which the association said should include sustainable aviation biofuels and ”market-based measures as necessary.” IATA also urged governments and member airlines to work toward the global plan under ICAO’s auspices.

A comprehensive, global approach negotiated and agreed under ICAO would have to be significantly more likely to achieve worldwide emissions reduction goals, as well as to avoid the burdens of a patchwork of regional mechanisms, such as the European Emissions Trading Scheme — the application of which to non-European airlines has recently been suspended pending ICAO negotiations. ICAO will […]

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