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Airline industry offers to halve emissions by 2050

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GENEVA (AP) -- Airlines are proposing to halve their carbon emissions by 2050 as part of a global effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

The International Air Transport Association said Tuesday the plan would see the aviation industry reduce its carbon emissions to about 320 million tons a year from 640 million tons in 2005.

The group's chief executive Giovanni Bisignani says in order to achieve the cuts governments have to improve air traffic management and encourage the development of sustainable biofuels for aviation.

He appeals to governments ahead of December's Copenhagen summit on climate change to treat the aviation industry as a distinct sector, rather than submit companies to country-by-country regimes that could distort competition between different carriers.

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