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6 Oct 2021

U.S States Must Surpass Emission Standards on Aviation

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The Biden Administration is under pressure to limit the sector’s greenhouse gases and meet, if not exceed, the global standards set to curb emissions from air flights.

Leading airplane and engine manufacturers have joined hands with major airlines to commit to a non-binding agreement which seeks to eliminate emissions by 2050. However, environmentalists as well the government must provide support and enhance regulatory efforts in order to reach emission goals.

In a letter sent to the White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and the Federal Aviation Administration, The Environmental Protection Agency EPA must step up and implement aircraft emissions at airports across the nation.

The White House announced last month that the latest U.S policy will aim to achieve aspirational goals as comparison to legally binding agreements. The EPA should not only meet the standards for emissions but instead move one step ahead and approve new standards for curbing greenhouse gases.

In a letter from the California Air Resource Board, it said, “The U.S should stop outsourcing aircraft emissions policy to the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO.”

Executive Director at ICCT, Andrei Kodjak stated, “Airlines have aspirations to zero out their green emissions, but the U.S doesn’t yet have policies to support that goal. It’s high time for the Biden Administration to adopt standards to accelerate the development of low carbon aircraft and engines.”

It has been proposed for new emission rules to be established by the EPA for the aircraft engines industry by or after 2030.

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