Aircraft carbon emissions

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the more we buy airline tickets, the more planes that are needed and the more carbon emissions

 Last week the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced that 191 states across the world have agreed to introduce measures to “support airlines’ efforts to stabilize emissions with carbon neutral growth.”

What this means is that when it becomes mandatory in 2027, if airlines spew out more carbon emissions that agreed at the meetings last week, then the industry will plant trees to offset the increase and so that more trees will soak up the carbon emitted.

It has taken years, decades to get such an agreement so am I being churlish in saying that this is just a sticking plaster over a problem?

After thinking about it for a couple of days, I have decided that I am being too critical. The amount of airline emissions has been discussed ever since I can remember and no agreement has ever come to pass before s it should be hailed. In the intervening decades, aircraft spew out fewer emissions and new planes on the drawing board will spew out fewer.

No, the problem is with humans. More of us want to fly which means more planes. More planes, more fumes. Until scientists devise a way to remove emissions or entrap them in some way for other uses, we are unlikely to entirely remove them. As IATA said, this is the first scheme covering an entire industry which is more than energy companies have managed to bring about.

IATA has also said that to make the agreement fair and without market distortions, the scheme will include provisions to deal with special circumstances such as those of fast-growing airlines and airlines which have made significant investments to improve environmental performance already.

Eleven years may seem a long time away but given how long this agreement has been in the making, achieving anything at all has been quite a coup for the negotiators. And there’s another reason why I am being churlish!

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