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Connie Hedegaard: "ICAO Council misses opportunity to act on aviation emissions"

03/11/2011

Airplane in blue sky © Stockbyte/John Foxx

Following the meeting of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Council on 2 November, Connie Hedegaard said: "It is disappointing that ICAO discussions once again focus on what States should not do instead of what they should do to curb growing aviation emissions.

Unfortunately ICAO has missed again today the opportunity to tell the world when it will table a viable global solution.

However, this decision will affect neither the EU's commitment to working within ICAO to agree on a global solution nor our adopted legislation to include aviation in the EU ETS.

Europe is delivering on its commitment to reduce emissions. And it's doing so in line with principles that ICAO has itself endorsed. If the other countries want to reduce aviation emissions differently, that is fine. Our legislation clearly says that if a country outside the EU takes 'equivalent measures' to reduce aviation emissions, all incoming flights from that country can be exempted from the EU system. We really look forward to plans from other states to reduce aviation emissions."

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