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Airport Regions Conference, Newsletter 74
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Dear ARC members and friends, 
 
This week's newsletter is focused on the development of the global market-based measure that aims at reducing CO2 emissions, since the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly is still on-going until 7th of October. Commissioner Violeta Bulc, who is leading the talks on behalf of the Member States, considers that the proposal is "the lowest common denominator, and therefore we want to improve it". Pressure comes from IATA as well, as Alexandre de Juniac, the recently appointed Director General and CEO of IATA, calls for the implementation of CORSIA (Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation).

However, there's more to discover in today's issue: Helsinki becomes the 12th most important European hub, Gatwick struggles for a second runway, the "polluters pay" principle is reinforced by Atmo France and much more updates can be accessed below. 


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the ARC Secretariat
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Europe pushes to further curb aviation emissions
 
The 191 members of the UN body responsible for air transport are expected to adopt a global market-based mechanism to achieve carbon-neutral growth for the aviation section from 2020 onwards. The proposal to limit CO2 emissions is under discussion at the 39th ICAO Assembly (27 September - 7 October).
Governments pressured to agree global aviation carbon scheme
 
At the 39th ICAO Assembly, IATA urges governments to agree on a global market-based measure to help aviation industry manage its carbon footprint, but also proposes the implementation of CORSIA (Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation).
The number of transfer connections provided by Helsinki Airport has increased by more than 75% within the last 10 years. This has enabled the airport to become the 12th most important air traffic hub in Europe.
In his recent interview with EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement, the president of Atmo France, Bernard Garnier, underlines the importance of air quality monitoring in improving air quality. 
In partnership with DHL, Gatwick will become the first airport globally to dispose of Category 1 waste - which is defined as food waste or any packaging mixed in with it - onsite and treat around 10 tonnes daily at a new £3.8m processing plant.
Gatwick Airport has submitted a summary of new evidence supporting its second runway case to the Government's Economy and Industrial Strategy sub-Committee. The new document claims that the commission's final report drastically underestimated Gatwick's growth.
Electrification, energy efficiency, biofuels - these are some of the alternatives proposed by EU's "Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility". However, Zoltan Szabo, PhD in environmental economics, thinks that Europe seeks to stop the increase in transport GHG emissions with the wrong policies. 

The Supervisory Board of Lufthansa has approved the exercising of a call option to acquire the remaining 55% of shares in SN Airholding, the parent company of Brussels Airlines. The approval paves the way for Lufthansa's full acquisition of Brussels Airlines.
The WTO is expected to rule against the European Union in a long-running and massive dispute brought by the United States against government support for France-based Airbus. The litigation has been pending for more than 10 years and could set the stage for the US and EU to impose sanctions on each other's goods.
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