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Carbon emissions from Australian airlines cut in half by coronavirus

Mr Merzian said he also expected that those nations in which there is a political consensus on the urgent need to tackle climate change, such as Germany, France and the United Kingdom, might insist that airlines that receive financial assistance from stimulus packages reduce their future emissions in return.

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Further, under an international deal to reduce carbon emissions from aviation known as the CORSIA agreement, 2020 is meant to be used as the benchmark, with future cuts to be set against this year’s emissions levels.

“If 2020 is an exceptionally low year for civil aviation emissions, and initial signs indicate it might be, then the industry will have to work hard to keep emissions down while the industry picks back up again,” the report says.

Though aviation is responsible for just 2.5 percent of global carbon emissions it is estimated to cause up to four times more global heating than that figure suggests due to other vapours and aerosols emitted at high altitude by aircraft.

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