China denounces U.N. aviation emissions plan in blow to industry efforts
China's absence could discourage other countries from participating
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- China's absence could discourage other countries from participating
China has denounced a landmark U.N. deal that caps emissions from international flights, in a setback for an industry eager to placate the growing international movement to curb air travel's impact on the environment.
In a paper posted ahead of the U.N. aviation agency assembly that kicked off on Tuesday, China - once a critical early supporter of the 2016 U.N. plan - joined Russia in arguing the proposal would unfairly penalize emerging and developing countries because it raises costs.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which holds its assembly every three years in Montreal, set out the major climate initiative at its last full gathering in 2016, but aviation leaders are under pressure to do more after overall carbon emissions hit record highs last year.
Commercial flying accounts for about 2.5% of global carbon emissions, and its share of emissions is expected to rise as air travel becomes accessible to more travelers...
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