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Implementing global aviation emissions plan no simple task

Concessions by ICAO could make it harder to achieve goal of a mkt-based measure

[WASHINGTON] Concessions made by the United Nations' aviation body to wrap up two weeks of tense negotiations could make achieving the goal of a market-based measure to cap carbon emissions from airlines harder to achieve.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed in Montreal on Friday to design a global scheme to reduce the growth of the sector's greenhouse gas emissions. The scheme will be hashed out in 2016 and is intended to start in 2020.

But existing differences between countries sharpened at the talks over two key concessions: a decision to restrain the ability of the European Union (EU) and other regions to regulate airline emissions until 2020, and the inclusion of controversial...

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