Carbon Emissions from Aircraft Endanger Human Health, Says US EPA – According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft endanger human health and is taking the first step toward regulating emissions from the domestic aviation industry.
The EPA’s finding kicks off a process to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry, the latest sector to be regulated the under Clean Air Act after cars, trucks and large stationary sources like power plants.
The finding allows the EPA to implement domestically a global carbon dioxide emissions standard being developed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The UN agency is scheduled to release its CO2 standard for comments in February 2016.
Environmental groups have been pressuring the US EPA to regulate aircraft emissions since 2007, and sued it in 2010, when aircraft emissions accounted for 11% of carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector.