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Airport Regions Conference, Newsletter 75
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Dear ARC members and friends, 
 
Today's headlines focus on the historic achievement marked last week in Montreal where the carbon offsetting strategy to cap international aviation emissions has been approved. EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc says that this agreement "opens a new chapter in international aviation, where sustainability finally becomes part of the way we fly". However, the EU takes its time to review the ICAO agreement, as a decision on whether to include international flights in the EU ETS scheme will only come next year at the earliest. 

In addition, there are news about the runway decision in South East England that might take a totally different turn, but we have also included other articles worth exploring. 

Enjoy the reading!

Yours, 
the ARC Secretariat
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ICAO approves Carbon Offsetting Scheme for Global Aviation 
 
The ICAO Assembly approved a carbon offsetting strategy to cap international aviation emissions after 2020 in what was hailed as an historic and momentous action. 65 nations indicated they will participate in the voluntary pilot phase of the GMGM scheme the assembly adopted on October 6.
EU airline pollution curbs stay in the air until next year
 
A EU decision on whether to include international flights in its scheme to curb airline pollution will not come until next year at the earliest after the bloc's executive has assessed a global deal which was finally approved last week. 
16 months ago the Airports Commission released its final report on airport expansion. However, much has changed since then. Politically it is a whole new ball game, and while one of the two Heathrow options remains the favourite, an entirely new solution is not out of the question.
The flat rate model already exists in many cities in public transport. Monthly or even yearly travel cards are a deterrent to using private vehicles, but do not cover all demand. Could flat rates for private transport have the same effect?
Aircraft engineers in Germany have successfully tested the world's first four-seater plane that uses emission-free hybrid fuel cells to fly. The plane uses hydrogen to generate electricity in-flight and relies on batteries for take-off and landing.
When you walk along an airport terminal to board the plane, it's easy to tell which one you're flying in thanks to the branding. But have you ever wondered why commercial aircrafts are nearly always white? It turns out there are a number of reasons. 
Monaco plans to invest 150 million euros in the privatisation of Nice airport in neighbouring France and plans to rename the regional air hub as Nice-Monaco or Nice Monte-Carlo, BFM-TV said.

Munich Airport has begun a 2nd round of crowdsourcing with its new InnovationPilot platform. Launched in June, the online platform seeks feedback on specific airport issues from passengers and visitors.
The statements of Commissioner Violeta Bulc on the agreement reached in Montreal last week that foresees the establishment of a global market-based measure, as well as the next steps in the implementation of this measure. 
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