Aviation officials see global emissions deal possible by 2020

Tue May 21, 2013 5:33pm EDT
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* EU hopes for road map agreement in autumn

* Business aviation wants "fairer" treatment by Brussels

By Robert Evans

GENEVA, May 21 (Reuters) - Senior officials from business and commercial aviation voiced cautious optimism that a long-sought worldwide framework to reduce aviation's carbon emissions could be in place by 2020.

And a key negotiator for the European Union's Executive Commission, focus of anger from many other countries over its emissions trading scheme (ETS), said she hoped a road map towards a pact would be agreed by this autumn.

The comments came on Tuesday at a discussion on prospects for a global deal eliminating the threat of regional or national rules, which aviation leaders say would be disastrous, at an annual European show for the international aviation business sector, EBACE.

"Eventually I think we'll get there," said Kurt Edwards of the International Business Aviation Council, IBAC, which groups plane and equipment makers and service providers for the multibillion dollar sector.

Guy Visele of the European Business Aviation Association, EBAA, agreed but argued that meanwhile his industry - which creates a tiny fraction of the emissions which contribute to global warming - should be treated less harshly by the EU.

Business aviation - in which a major role is played by big manufacturers like Boeing, Europe's Airbus, Canada's Bombardier and Brazil's Embraer - has been seen by many politicians as a playground for the super-rich.   Continued...