Japan eyes joining global climate deal on aviation emissions

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13:26 17 September 2016

TOKYO, Sept. 17, Kyodo

The Japanese government plans to sign on to a global deal on curbing carbon dioxide emissions from commercial aircraft on international routes, government officials said Saturday.

The envisioned deal, which aims to cap carbon emissions by airlines at 2020 levels, could increase costs for Japanese airlines as they may have to introduce new, more fuel-efficient aircraft, with some of the costs possibly passed on to air travelers.

The deal is now being discussed at the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization and expected to be formally adopted at its general meeting in late September. The United States, China and European countries are also expected to sign on to it.

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