Plan to lower aviation emissions launched
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CANBERRA, Nov 13 AAP
November 13 2012, 4:13PM
Australia's aviation carbon emissions will be reduced through improved aeroplane technology, use of biofuels and more efficient processes, a new action plan says.
Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese launched the country's first aviation emissions action plan on Tuesday, with a schedule to update it every three years.
"The plan presents past, current and projected levels of aviation carbon emissions - and I am pleased to report we're doing well compared to international benchmarks," he told the Australian Airports Association convention in Melbourne.
But he warned there was no room for complacency.
"Right now, demand for air travel is growing faster than efficiency gains, and that means our net aviation carbon footprint will continue to grow," he said.
"It requires a concerted effort by both government and the entire aviation industry to manage this task."
The latest Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics report, also released on Tuesday, forecasts air passenger movements through Australian airports will double to 279 million by 2030.
Mr Albanese also welcomed an announcement from the European Union overnight that it would not include international aviation in its emissions trading system until September 2013.
He said the decision meant the International Civil Aviation Organisation could continue work on developing a truly global approach to aviation emissions.