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What to expect from ICAO assembly’s talks on a climate deal for aviation

Aviation is a substantial and growing driver of climate change, currently responsible for almost 5% of global warming. The objectives of the Paris Agreement cannot be achieved without action to rein in its emissions growth. This T&E briefing outlines how, at its triennial assembly, ICAO has an opportunity to adopt a global market-based measure which can be a starting point for greater global ambition. However, negotiations dominated by the need to protect industry and favour historic emitters is weakening the prospect of a credible deal.

Published on September 28, 2016 - 17:06

EU’s ‘imperfect’ emissions trading system still outperforms draft UN aviation deal – report

Despite being in need of reform, the EU’s aviation ETS is functioning, is being complied with, and has the potential to deliver real emissions reductions, a new analysis shows. Its key design features – emissions allowances instead of offsets, being binding instead of voluntary, and full instead of partial coverage of emissions – are all superior to the draft global deal under negotiation at the UN’s aviation agency ICAO. Europe is under pressure to dismantle its regional measure even though discussions on a global measure at ICAO remain fractious.

Published on June 8, 2016 - 11:53

Aviation offsetting deal is a weak start – now countries must go further

Today’s decision to offset but not reduce CO2 emissions from aircraft, and on a voluntary basis, is a weak start which must be followed with more effective measures by states to rein in aviation emissions, Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The deal’s coverage of emissions falls well short of the ‘carbon neutral growth in 2020’ target promised by UN aviation body ICAO and industry, and the lack of clear rules for offsets presents a clear risk to the measure’s environmental effectiveness.

Published on October 6, 2016 - 16:54

A long way from ‘mission accomplished’ on aviation emissions

ICAO is about to proclaim mission accomplished in its 20-year search to appear relevant in the fight against aviation climate change. An impressive list of ministers and notables has gathered in the organisation’s Montreal headquarters to help break out the champagne. Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, leading the EU delegation, summed up the aim: “To defend the deal on the table as the lowest common denominator, that is our target.”

Published on October 3, 2016 - 04:00

No cap on airlines' CO2 as draft climate deal proposes opt outs and offsets

National governments meeting in Montreal are nearing a deal to offset but not reduce carbon emissions from aircraft on a voluntary basis. Agreement at the UN’s aviation body ICAO is likely to be met with scepticism in Europe where in 2013 the EU agreed to roll back coverage of its emissions trading system from flights into and out of Europe. Ostensibly this was to give ICAO time to come up with something better.

Published on October 2, 2016 - 22:09

Airbus ruling shows it’s high time to stop the aviation subsidies binge, says NGO

Today’s ruling by the WTO against the EU on subsidies to Airbus, and an expected similar ruling on Boeing, officially adds another €20 billion or more to the already very long list of subsidies granted to the aviation sector, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) has said.

Published on September 22, 2016 - 17:30

Aviation ETS – gaining altitude

This report analyses the performance of the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) for aviation for the stop-the-clock years 2013-2015 and concludes that the measure shows the potential to achieve emissions reductions at lower cost through trading allowances with stationary ETS sectors, but only if Europe addresses the oversupply of allowances within the overall ETS.

Published on September 20, 2016 - 11:04

New record low price set for solar

A new record has been set for the lowest solar energy price ever, with a Spanish company winning contracts to sell power from a 120-megawatt solar plant for $29.10 a megawatt-hour. That’s the lowest price on record for electricity from sunshine, surpassing a deal for $29.90 (€26.12) a megawatt-hour in Dubai in May. It’s also the cheapest to date for any kind of renewable energy, and almost half the price of coal power sold in the same energy auction.
Published on September 2, 2016 - 13:58