İrem GÖL -TDO- Airlines are lobbying to rewrite the rules of a global agreement designed to tackle aviation emissions, with the coronavirus outbreak expected to make its targets tougher to meet. Campaigners accused airlines of attempting to “dodge their obligations” but the industry said it was “a matter of survival”, with most international travel currently frozen in the Covid-19 crisis.
Under the current system, airlines have to pay to offset any growth in carbon emissions above a baseline set by the average emissions of 2019 and 2020. The grounding of the aircraft during the pandemic means the baseline will be far lower than envisaged, and the carbon targets much more challenging. The International Air Transport Association has told the International Civil Aviation Organisation that the baseline “must be adjusted to ensure the sustainable development of international aviation and avoid an inappropriate economic burden on the sector”. It said some nations could pull out of the agreement if the costs were too high.