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UN chief welcomes cuts in aviation carbon emissions

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

United tions, Feb 10: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Intertiol Civil Aviation Organisation’s proposal for the first binding limits on emissions from the aviation industry, said a statement. The proposed rules, which would limit carbon emissions and strengthen the efficiency of all new commercial and business airliners after 2028, build on the strong momentum coming from the Paris Agreement on climate change and represent the latest in a series of successful multilateral efforts, Xinhua cited a statement by Ban’s spokesman as saying on Tuesday.

Carbon emissions from aviation are growing rapidly, with the number of flights worldwide expected to double in the next 15 years, it said. “The ICAO’s new rules come after years of negotiations and are the first time that governments have set emissions standards for the aviation industry,” it said.

The UN Secretary-General commended this first step to reduce carbon emissions from air travel and calls for further strengthening of emissions standards as quickly as possible, in line with the scientific imperative for action, it said. (IANS)

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