IATA encouraged by support for emissions plan at summit

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IATA is highlighting support for the airline industry's plans to limit, then reduce, carbon emissions, despite failure of the Copenhagen climate-change summit to reach a broad multinational agreement.

The association notes that the Copenhagen Accord, the limited agreement that emerged from the talks, does not specifically address aviation emissions. IATA says this reflects pro-active measures the industry has taken to set challenging targets for itself.

IATA's representatives at Copenhagen "were encouraged by the level of support for the industry's global sectoral approach and targets", says IATA director general Giovanni Bisignani.

"We also found consensus among the delegations that a global sectoral approach should be established for aviation emissions by ICAO," he says.

IATA will help prepare a global framework for managing aviation's emissions for the ICAO Assembly to consider in September 2010. "In the meantime, we continue to urge governments to avoid creating a patchwork of national and regional solutions," it states.