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Airline Bid to Cut Pollution Cost May Wipe Out Carbon Demand (3)

April 9, 2020, 8:18 AM

Airlines are seeking to change the rules of a global system that’s set to limit their pollution starting next year.

The adjustment would make 2019 the only baseline year against which the airline’s carbon emissions are measured, an adjustment the industry says is necessary to reflect the grounding of many flights during the caronavirus pandemic this year. Currently, baseline emissions are set to be measured over 2019 and 2020.

By including this year in the baseline, airlines would need to buy extra emission credits to cover their greenhouse gas output starting in 2021.

Industry group the International Air Transport Association ...