Moncel Discusses International Accord on Airliner Emissions Cap

October 07, 2016

O’Melveny associate Remi Moncel was quoted in a Law360 article published October 7, 2016, about a United Nations-backed agreement to cap greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial airliners.

“By design, the EPA was holding back from promulgating [regulations], but now that we have this agreement that the US and the international process will move in tandem, it’s a shift in the regulatory environment,” Moncel told Law360. “We now have a global framework that national governments will use as the guidepost as they pursue their own [GHG emissions] regulations.”

He also discussed the various mitigation options airlines will have under the agreement to offset emissions.

“That flexibility is helpful in that it helps the airline industry get started and move in the direction of reducing emissions in accordance with the standards,” Moncel said. “It will be important to make sure the offsets themselves are sustainable so they actually reduce emissions.”

San Francisco-based Moncel’s practice includes corporate investigations, antitrust, international litigation, and energy and environmental matters.