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Airlines Get on Board With Climate Change Program

Airlines for America, Boeing, and United express public support for United Nations proposal.

Several airlines and trade organizations are expressing their interest in an emissions-reduction plan proposed by the United Nations, even though it would come with a $24 billion price tag every year. Bloomberg reports that Boeing and United Airlines are the two latest companies to throw in their support for the climate change plan.

Under the initiative that will be debated at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) meeting starting Tuesday, October 4, signatory nations would require airlines operating in their air space to offset their emissions by investing money into environmental programs. The mandate would begin in 2020, with airlines dedicating funds towards projects which could include forest preservation or renewable energy development. The overall costs are estimated at nearly $24 billion, which would represent less than two percent of the airline industry’s projected revenue.

Airlines and manufacturers, including Boeing and United, say that having a single international standard would be cheaper and easier to manage than several regional standards. With the belief that regulation is coming due to the expansive growth of the aviation industry, stakeholders are rallying nations attending ICAO to ratify the plan.

“U.S. airlines are proud that our business model aligns with environmental interest – and has for decades,” Nancy Young, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Airlines for America, said in a statement. “The initiatives that our airlines are undertaking to further address emissions are designed to responsibly and effectively limit our fuel consumption, GHG emissions contribution and potential climate change impacts, while enabling commercial aviation to continue serving as a key driver to the U.S. economy.”

While the ICAO proposal is the first move on an international level to address climate change, it is not the only one taken by international airlines. Earlier this year, easyJet announced a program to experiment with fuel cell aircraft, while British Airways blamed parliament for ending a multi-million dollar green fuel project.

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KoKoBuddy September 29, 2016

Of course they support it, what do they care? t's the end consumer, i.e. the flyer who ends up paying for it.