You could be forgiven for not noticing, or forgetting, that climate change talks are currently going on at the UNFCCC’s COP16 meeting in Cancun, Mexico.
The talks are aimed at reaching a global agreement for curbing greenhouse gas emissions when the Kyoto protocol expires in 2012.
The Cancun negotiations have received much less press attention than the talks that took place a year ago in Copenhagen, and expectations have been kept (deliberately??) low on any potential outcomes.
During the two-week event, which ends on 10 December, the airline industry will be promoting the recent ICAO framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation, which my colleague Lori Ranson summed up nicely here.
At the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe’s recent Aeroweek conference in Brussels, MEP Holger Krahmer summed up the level of pessimism surrounding the Cancun talks by saying: “No one really believes Cancun will lead to a binding emissions reduction agreement.”
It’ll be interesting to see if this pessimism turns out to be realism later this week.