EU fends off Icao threat to aviation climate action

Taxes, charges and trading still on European agenda after tough talks at global air transport body meeting

The EU has warded off a threat to its plans to introduce economic instruments aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector. A resolution agreed last week by the International civil aviation organisation (Icao) allows Europe to continue developing kerosene taxes, emission charges and aviation emission trading.

British transport minister Alistair Darling hailed "a very successful result in the face of a very difficult situation" at the end of Icao's triennial assembly in Montreal last week. "Attempts to restrict freedom of action...have been averted," he said.

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