West of England MEP Jullie Girling has played a leading role in securing an historic international deal to help cut damaging pollution from air travel.
She led a delegation of MEPs to the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation in Montreal, Canada, where a deal was hammered out late yesterday (Thurs) on a new Global Market-Based Measure for reducing CO2 emissions from aviation.
Mrs Girling, Conservative MEP for the West of England and Gibraltar, said: “I am proud of what we achieved. It was a tough negotiation but we got what was needed in the end,”
The EU’s Commission, Council and Parliament will all now consider how the agreement can be adopted into law; but the deal is being hailed as a major step forward in efforts to curtail carbon dioxide emissions from air transport, which have spiralled during the past 15 years.
Without intervention it is feared aviation would be responsible for 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of this century.
Mrs Girling, environment spokesman for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the Parliament, said: “There is still much work to be done, but this sets a an agreed framework for the future progress to build on.
“The global measure is important in the context of the recent climate change agreement in Paris, which excluded aviation.
“I’m pleased to see that the sector has joined the rest of industry in the fight against climate change. It is important that all sectors share the responsibility of keeping global warming well below 2°Celsius.
“Now additional effort is needed if aviation emissions are to be in line with reductions from other sectors.Follow