Aircraft Carbon Emission Rules Proposed by United Nations

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  • UN sets 2028 cutoff date for planes that don't meet standards
  • Boeing says new planes meet and exceed new requirements

A United Nations panel endorsed limits on carbon pollution from commercial jetliners, a move aimed at slowing one of the fastest-growing sources of emissions from transportation.

The proposed standards, which target carbon dioxide emissions, still need to be approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s 36-State Governing Council.

The standards would apply to new aircraft type designs as of 2020, and to new deliveries of current in-production aircraft types starting in 2023, the Montreal-based organization said Monday in an e-mailed statement. Recommendations of the 170-person panel also include a cutoff date of 2028 for production of models that don’t meet the standards, ICAO said.

When fully implemented, the agreement would reduce carbon emissions equivalent to those released by 140 million cars, the White House said in an e-mailed statement.

“Today’s agreement is an important signal that the international community is well-positioned to rise to the challenge,” according to the statement.

Boeing Co. said its new planes have been designed to meet and exceed “challenging” emission requirements, according to an e-mailed statement from the company Monday. The manufacturer’s 787 Dreamliner jets reduce fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 25 percent, it said.