Cheating the climate: the problems with aviation industry plans to offset emissions

September 19, 2016

The UN Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas does not cover emissions from international aviation. These are regulated by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which has been tasked with adopting a proposal to tackle emissions from international aviation.

Their proposal shows a terrifying like of ambition. This briefing shows that their suggestion of allowing the industry to grow indefinitely, merely introducing compulsory offsetting for growth in emissions from 2027 is fraught with problems. It focuses on the major risk that claimed reductions in emissions in general, and from deforestation in particular, will be counted twice.

Such double-counting would cheat the climate. The briefing is based on Who takes the Credit? REDD+ in a post-2020 UN climate agreement.

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