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US gears up for first ever aviation emissions restrictions

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

The USA’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced the country’s first ever CO2 standard for airplanes. Until now, the US airline industry has been completely unregulated on emissions, which have unsurprisingly been increasing year on year.

Although the exact details are yet to be confirmed, such a move would force the industry to find ways to reduce its emissions, putting it under a similar pressure to that already faced by the automotive, building and energy sectors. The move comes after years of court action dating back to the Obama administration when the EPA failed to regulate emissions from ships and airplanes.

Since Trump took office, the department has dragged its feet and has finally been forced to act by the courts, domestic green groups and international regulators. US airplane manufacturers are supportive of the standards and are calling for an alignment with some of the toughest regulations. This would make manufacturing and selling planes around the world much easier and potentially cheaper.

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