Thursday, February 12, 2009

Major airlines say, ‘Regulate our carbon’


A new coalition of four major airlines says the next global treaty on climate change should take into the account greenhouse gas emissions of international aviation.

The Aviation Global Deal Group (AGDG) was formed by Air France/KLM, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic and airport operator BAA.

“Aviation has a key part to play in reducing global emissions and for too long has been seen as part of the climate problem rather than part of the solution,” said Tony Tyler, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific Airways. “We hope the work of our group will offer a practical industry-led solution that creates a level-playing field and appeal to policy-makers, environmental groups and businesses alike.”

The coalition said any framework adopted to regulate aviation emissions should be based on four principles: environmental integrity, a global approach toward policy measures, equal treatment for all airlines and equity among all countries.

Major airlines say, ‘Regulate our carbon’

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