How to best address aviation’s full climate impact from an economic policy point of view? – Main results from AviClim research project

The interdisciplinary research project AviClim (Including Aviation in International Protocols for Climate Protection) has explored the feasibility for including aviation’s full climate impact, i.e., both long-lived CO₂ and short-lived non-CO₂ effects, in international protocols for climate protection and has investigated the economic impacts. Short-lived non-CO₂ effects of aviation are NOx emissions, H₂O emissions or contrail cirrus, for instance. Four geopolitical scenarios have been designed which differ concerning the level of international support for climate protecting measures. These scenarios have been combined alternatively with an emissions trading scheme on CO₂ and non-CO₂ species, a climate tax and a NOx emission charge combined with CO₂ trading and operational measures (such as lower flight altitudes). Modelling results indicate that a global emissions trading scheme for both CO₂ and non-CO₂ emissions would be the best solution from an economic and environmental point of view. Costs and impacts on competition could be kept at a relatively moderate level and effects on employment are moderate, too. At the same time, environmental benefits are noticeable.


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  • Accession Number: 01600141
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 16 2016 2:16PM