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A new agreement on lowering carbon dioxide emissions from aviation is likely to be reached in February.
A deal will come in 2016 regardless of what is agreed at this week's climate change talks in Paris, according to a senior official from the International Air Transport Association (Iata) quoted by Reuters.
The aviation industry is not covered by the United Nations climate talks currently being held in Paris because it is organised under a separate UN body, the International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao).
Icao is working on options to allow airlines to reduce emissions by buying carbon offsets or allowances, plus a global CO2 emissions standard for aircraft.
Director aviation environment at Iata, Michael Gill, said among the main sticking points were how airlines would measure and report their emissions, and how the scheme would take into account the different rates of economic development both of countries and their airlines.
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