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Carbon Emissions: Aviation

Transport written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to help secure an agreement at the forthcoming international Civil Aviation Agreement Organisation Assembly to reduce aviation emissions.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The UK has been heavily involved in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) discussions to secure an agreement on climate change emissions. In particular, the UK was a member of the High Level Group on Climate Change which was established in November 2012 and has actively participated in all of the meetings to date.

The UK has been working with our EU counterparts to convince the ICAO Council States of the need for ICAO to show leadership at its General Assembly in September, especially in light of the adoption by the global airline industry association, IATA, of a climate change resolution which supports the development of a single, global measure for aviation emissions. The UK will continue to work with our international partners and with ICAO to push for an ambitious, global approach to reduce emissions from international aviation in the run-up to the Assembly.

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