Global CO2 Standards Set for Commercial Aircraft in Historic Deal

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The White House said that twenty-three countries reached a historic agreement in Canada to establish commercial aircraft carbon standards on a global basis for the first time.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Twenty-three countries reached a historic agreement in Canada to establish commercial aircraft carbon standards on a global basis for the first time, the White House said in a press release.

"Today in Montreal, the United States and 22 other countries reached agreement on the first-ever global carbon standards for commercial aircraft," the release stated on Monday.

If implemented, the carbon standards could reduce emissions by more than 650 tons between 2020 and 2040, equivalent to removing 140 million vehicles from the road in a single year, according to the release.

The commercial aviation sector, the release added, is responsible for 11 percent of carbon emissions, and was projected to grow by nearly 50 percent without additional measures to limit the growth of emissions.

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