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Regional action must be front and centre in efforts to cut aviation's climate impact | T&E
Regional action must be front and centre in efforts to cut aviation's climate impact
Tue 10 Jan 2017 - For too long, the debate about addressing aviation emissions has been reduced to regional versus global measures, with an assumption by many that global always trumps regional. Now the dust has settled on the 39th ICAO Assembly, we can see for the first time what a global market-based measure (GMBM) can deliver, and the results are not as remotely encouraging as many presumed, writes Andrew Murphy of Transport & Environment (T&E). Research commissioned by T&E found that coverage of ICAO's GMBM could deliver fewer emission reductions over its lifetime than the full inclusion of aviation in a reformed EU ETS. To match the ambition required by the Paris Agreement, both global and regional action is required, and European policy-makers should not delay in strengthening and defending the EU ETS, he argues. Read more ...