Aircraft emissions unlikely to meet climate change targets: study

Aircraft emissions unlikely to meet climate change targets: study

Aircraft emissions unlikely to meet climate change targets: study

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:52 AEDT

A new paper from the Australian National University has found a massive increase in aircraft emissions around the world is not being offset by improvements in fuel efficiency.

The Centre for Climate Law and Policy estimates carbon dioxide emissions from planes will rise by around 140-per cent over the next two decades.

The Centre's Associate Director, Andrew Macintosh, says its highly unlikely emissions can be stabilised at the levels required to meet current climate change targets.

Mr Macintosh says drastic action will be needed to reduce aircraft emissions worldwide.

"So at the moment the gains they are making through technological advances and improvements in the way they operate the aircraft are being offset by the massive increase in the size of the market," he said.