Global aviation industry signs "historic" deal to cut emissions

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Olumuyiwa Benard. Photo: ICAO

The global aviation industry has reached a "historic" deal to cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, a senior official with the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has said.

The deal in Montreal, Canada follows the entry into force this week of the UN-led climate change accord, known as the Paris Agreement, in which countries agreed to reduce carbon emissions in order to keep temperature rises to below to 2 degrees Celsius.

From 2020, any increases in emissions in the aviation industry will have to be offset or balanced by activities like tree-planting or clean-energy projects.

ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard spelled out the details of the aviation deal to Jocelyne Sambira.

Duration: 6'02''

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