First-ever global deal struck on airline CO2 emissions
MONTREAL (AFP) - A first-ever global deal on curbing the airline industry's rising carbon emissions was agreed on Friday, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) said, though hammering out the details could take years.
The full agreement is not scheduled to take effect until 2020 but the most contentious issues have been resolved, officials said, as the ICAO's full assembly met behind closed doors in Montreal.
The deal "is an historic milestone for air transport and for the role of multilateralism in addressing global climate challenges," ICAO Council president Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez said in a statement.
Air transport "now becomes the only major industry sector to have a multilateral global market-based mechanism agreement in place to help govern future greenhouse gas emissions," he added.