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ICAO: Fighting for relevance

Will ICAO be able to rise to the challenge of approving a global measure to cut GHG emissions from aircraft? Will such a global measure be convincing enough for the US, China and the other 26 countries who are fiercely opposing the EU ETS? And will the EU manage to keep a firm stand on its emission trading scheme? T&E programme manager on aviation, Bill Hemmings, answers some of these questions in this post.

Breakthrough on efforts to reduce emissions from aircraft

Icao proposes ‘metric’ but NGOs still worried whether work will have a real impactEfforts to tackle emissions from aviation have taken a hesitant step forward, with the news that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) has endorsed an expert group’s recommendation on the way to measure fuel burn in flight. The recommendation is for a ‘metric’ system and test cycle to be the basis for setting fuel efficiency standards for new aircraft, but many concerns remain.

Q: When is a rail project not a rail project? A: When it's meant to get people into planes.

The EU should not be funding airport projects, or dressing up airport express train links as green "intermodal hubs" says T&E's deputy director Nina Renshaw.

End of legal challenge to aviation in ETS, but will opposition now move elsewhere?

Sky with contrails

The coalition of American aviation interests that challenged the EU’s right to introduce emissions trading to air transport has abandoned its legal action. A group of six NGOs welcomed the decision, but said the airline coalition’s failure to accept December’s ruling by the European Court of Justice suggests the Americans may be moving the battlefield elsewhere.

Night-time flight judgement a ‘signal’ for airport residents

Jet taking off at night (credit: doubleh/flickr)

Germany’s federal administrative court has ruled that the ban on night-time flights at Frankfurt airport is legal. The ban on all flights from 23.00 to 05.00 came into effect in October, despite opposition from Lufthansa which said the ban could damage Frankfurt’s status as the seventh-largest cargo handling airport in the world.

Firm EU stance on aviation emissions confirms Icao promise for global proposal

The head of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) says there will be a proposal for a global strategy to combat climate emissions from aircraft by the end of the year, with possible agreement in late 2013. His statement comes as non-EU airlines who are unhappy with emissions trading for aviation continue to threaten action against the EU but appear to lack unity.

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