Could September see the delivery of the second historic international climate change deal in less than 12 months? That is the hope shared by a growing band of businesses and NGOs who are increasingly optimistic the Paris Agreement could be followed later this year by a long-awaited deal to tackle aviation emissions.
Failure to deliver such an agreement would lead to calls for aviation to be reintegrated back into the U.N.’s climate change treaty, especially when the ICAO Assembly takes place on a three-year cycle, meaning a deal could be deferred until 2019 if an agreement is not reached this autumn.
There is growing support for a deal from the political community, the aviation industry, the wider business community and civil society.
“A fair, uniform system will give aviation a clear and direct financial incentive to develop cleaner aircraft, switch to low-carbon fuels and introduce more efficient air traffic systems that eradicate unnecessary flying,” said British Airways’ owner International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh.
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