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CORSIA standards: What difference does "filing a difference" make?  | EDF,Annie Petsonk
CORSIA standards: What difference does "filing a difference" make?
Mon 26 Nov 2018 - ICAO has set a deadline of 1 December 2018 for governments to "file differences" with ICAO's new Standard and Recommended Practices (SARP) for its flagship CORSIA programme to cap the net carbon pollution from international flights. Under ICAO's governing treaty, the Chicago Convention, technical committees comprised of experts and observers from some two dozen countries propose international flight standards on matters from safety and security to environment. ICAO's 36-member governing Council adopts the proposed standards and circulates them to ICAO's 192 Member States. In turn, Article 38 requires the governments of those States to file with ICAO a notice of any differences between the SARP and their country's national regulations. ICAO has set thousands of such standards through this process. Typically, Member States know the details of SARPs in advance and file very few differences. But CORSIA is, well, different, writes EDF's Annie Petsonk.  Read more ...

Setting European aviation on a pathway to decarbonisation by 2050 | T&E
Setting European aviation on a pathway to decarbonisation by 2050
Thu 22 Nov 2018 - A new study examines whether a credible pathway to zero or near zero emissions exists for European aviation. The report, published by Transport & Environment (T&E), looks at flights within and departing Europe thus matching the scope of aviation’s inclusion in the EU's 2030 target. It takes broadly accepted passenger and emissions growth forecasts out to 2050 and considers the role that various policies can play in reducing fuel demand from the sector. The report then proposes how the remaining fuel demand can be decarbonised by applying a low/zero carbon fuel blending mandate across EU fuel suppliers. The European Commission is reviewing the EU's long-term emissions reduction strategy with a communication due to be published shortly. This needs to continue to cover outbound aviation and make clear the aviation sector too must commit to zero emissions by 2050, writes T&E's Bill HemmingsRead more ...