ICAO climate talks moving forward, say experts

Work towards a global deal stabilising emissions from international aviation is making progress, with previously recalcitrant countries including China and Brazil participating in the UN talks

Work towards a global market-based measure to stabilise greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation is making progress, with previously recalcitrant countries including China and Brazil participating in the UN negotiations.

But India and Russia remain less willing to negotiate at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) climate talks, experts involved in the process said at a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.

A global mandatory carbon offsetting system, as favoured by the aviation industry, looks like the frontrunner for the deal due to be agreed in 2016 and implemented from 2020. But a number of issues remain to be thrashed out, the most difficult being how to divide up emissions reduction obligations among countries.

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