Differential treatment and the international regulation of aviation emissions – University of Copenhagen

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03 August 2015

Differential treatment and the international regulation of aviation emissions

Beatriz Martinez Romera

Beatriz Martinez Romera (CEVIA) and Harro van Asselt have just published the policy brief entitled ‘Reconciling differential treatment and the international regulation of aviation emissions’ at the Stockholm Environment Institute.

This policy brief examines options for reconciling the principles of non-discrimination and equal opportunities, which underpin the governance of international aviation, and equity principles in the global climate regime.

The authors find that recent developments at International Civil Aviation Organization and the European Union indicate that policy-makers in both venues have shifted positions, to embrace differential treatment in favour of developing countries in the regulation of international aviation emissions. This new acceptance of differentiation is based on more flexible approaches than those found in the international climate regime, following the use of contextual norms that distinguish among countries on the basis of circumstances that may change over time, as well as norms applied at the implementation level (e.g. linked to financial, technological and capacity-building assistance).

The publication can be accessed here