10 OCTOBER 2016
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Last week’s historic agreement announced by ICAO committing governments to tackle aviation climate emissions was widely welcomed, with Boeing and Heathrow Airport among the first to applaud.
The deal puts aviation at the forefront of worldwide action, with the industry becoming the only sector to agree voluntarily to reduce its net carbon emissions by introducing a cap from 2020 and a 50% cut by 2050.
Boeing commended ICAO for reaching “this historic agreement”, noting that it complemented the first-ever CO2 standard for aircraft emissions that ICAO adopted earlier this year.
At Heathrow, sustainability director Matt Gorman said the deal allowed the aviation industry to offset growth by investing in renewable energy, forestry and innovative technology to address climate change and stimulate the global low-carbon economy.
He added that the airport was leading the way in tackling the problem through its Blueprint for Reducing Emissions and by working closely with the UK government, which was among those championing the deal.
Others hailing the breakthrough included the British Air Transport Association (BATA), where chief executive Tim Alderslade said the scheme would play a “pivotal role”, and the Airlines for Europe (A4E) lobby group, which said the agreement “paves the way for EU to adjust its own environmental legislation”.
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