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GREEN GROWTH OR HOW TO REDUCE AVIATION-GENERATED EMISSIONS ?

THE AVIATION INDUSTRY IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING IN TERMS OF CARBON EMSSIONS.

THUS, GREEN GROWTH AND THE FUTURE OF AVIATION ARE LINKED.

BOTH GOVERNMENTS AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAVE ATTEMPTED TO DEVELOP GLOBAL SCHEMES TO REDUCE AVIATION-GENERATED EMISSIONS, WITH LIMITED SUCCESS ACCORDING TO A RECENT REPORT FROM OEDC.

AS A RESULT OF THE LACK OF PROGRESS, THE EU HAS ADDED AVIATION TO ITS EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEMES (EU ETS ) AS OF 1 JANUARY 2012, OBLIGING AIRLINES TO PURCHASE AND SURRENDER CARBON INSTRUMENTS TO OFFSET EMISSIONS FROM FLIGHTS OCCURING BOTH WITHIN THE EU AS WELL AS INTO AND OUT THE EU.

THIS HAS CAUSED A STORMOF CONTROVERSY, WITH FORMAL PROTESTS BEING MADE BY 25 COUNTRIES INCLUDING THE US, RUSSIA, INDIA, BRAZIL AND CHINA, AND A LAWSUIT NOW PENDING BEFORE THE EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE ( ECJ ) BROUGHT BY TWO US AIRLINES AND THE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING US AIRLINES.

THE EU ETS LEGISLATION INCLUDES A PROVISION EXEMPTING NON-EU COUNTRIES FROM THE SCHEME IF THEIR GOVERNMENTS HAVE ADOPTED « EQUIVALENT MEASURES ».

ONE SUCH MEASURE COULD BE THE LARGE-SCALE PRODUCTION AND USE OF AVIATION BIOFUELS.

GLOBAL EXPERIMENTS WITH THE PRODUCTION AND USE OF BIOFUELS FOR ROAD TRANSPORT HAVE HAD VERY MIXED RESULTS.

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE SUGAR CANE ETHANOL INDUSTRY IN BRAZIL, MOST BIOFUEL ACTIVITIES HAVE ATTRACTED HARSH CRITICISM.

THE 27 TH ROUND TABLE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TOOK PLACE IN PARIS ON  23-24 JANUARY AT OECD.

THE ROUND TABLE GATHERED HIGH-LEVEL REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOVERNMENTS AND ALL SECTORS OF THE AVIATION AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS INDUSTRIES TO DISCUSS THE TIMELY QUESTION OF WHERE GREEN GROWTH AND THE FUTURE OF THE AVIATION INDUSTRY INTERSECT.

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