Trump withdrawal from Paris Accord could hurt aviation accord: IATA

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The International Air Transport Association says should the United States withdraw from the Paris Accord, it could cast a pall over the IATA’s 2016 carbon offsetting agreement.  IATA photo.

Trump leaving Paris Accord not sending a good signal: IATA director general

On Thursday afternoon, US President Donald Trump is expected to announce whether the United States will remain in the Paris Accord.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says should the US withdraw from the global climate agreement, it could hamper a separate deal agreed to last year that was created to help curb aviation emissions.

Under the IATA’s Carbon Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA, aircraft operators will be required to purchase offsets, or “emission units”, for the growth in CO2 emissions covered under the plan.

CORSIA also aims to address any annual increase in total CO2 emissions from international civil aviation above 2020 levels.

“Any decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement by the U.S. is not sending a good signal, even if the U.S. could remain in CORSIA and withdraw from the Paris agreement. But it’s not decided and the two are completely separate,” IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said on Thursday.

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