"Airlines Call For CO2 Targets, Climate Fund"

"SINGAPORE -- Some of the world's largest airlines called on Tuesday for the industry to set global emissions targets as part of efforts to include aviation in a broader climate agreement at the end of the year.

The seven airlines, including Air France/KLM and British Airways, along with international NGO The Climate Group, have backed a range of emissions reduction targets for negotiators involved in U.N.-backed climate talks to consider.

Aviation is responsible for about 2 percent of global greenhouse gas pollution and that share is expected to rise.

The sector is under pressure from green groups, the European Union and other governments to clean up its act, leading to the airlines to try to craft a deal to tackle emissions, or risk having a deal imposed on them."

David Fogarty reports for Reuters June 9, 2009.

See Also:

"Airline industry Eyes Emissions Standards" (ClimateWire)

"Emissions Caps Seen Costing Airlines $7 Billion A Year" (Reuters)

"Airlines Wary of 2020 Carbon-Neutral Target" (AFP)

Source: Reuters, 06/10/2009