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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co on Tuesday backed the very first fuel efficiency standards for new aircraft finalized by the Trump administration in its final days that a dozen U.S. states contested as too lenient, and that the President Joe Bidens’ administration is currently reviewing.

FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is displayed on a screen at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, United States, August 7, 2019. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid / File Photo

America’s largest aircraft maker has petitioned a U.S. appeals court in Washington for leave to intervene on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is being sued over its decision to finalize the first-ever standards regulating aircraft greenhouse gas emissions. The plaintiffs, 12 states, the District of Columbia and three environmental groups, want tougher emissions rules.

States said last fall that the EPA’s rule delayed existing technology by more than 10 years and would result in no GHG reductions from the status quo.

Airplanes have been the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in unregulated transportation. In 2016, the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted global aircraft emissions standards for manufacturers of small and large aircraft, including Airbus SE and Boeing Co, both of which approved the rules.

Boeing noted that the ICAO emissions standardization effort began under the administration of former President Barack Obamas, of which Biden was vice-president.

The aircraft manufacturer argued that it is essential that the rules are reasonably achievable, given the billions of dollars it costs to design, build and certify new aircraft.

Regulatory reversal attempts directly aligned with successful international cooperative efforts to tackle climate change, supported by more than 190 countries, will only deter future international agreements, Boeing said in a statement.

The EPA declined to comment on Boeings’ filing.

In January, the EPA Trump said he did not expect the rule to result in emission reductions and did not anticipate that it would cause manufacturers to make technical improvements to their planes that did not occur. not produced otherwise.

The Environmental Defense Fund said the EPA’s do nothing rule was grossly inadequate in light of the climate crisis.

The new rules apply to new type designs from January 2020 and to airplanes in production or those whose type certificates have been changed from 2028.

The planes covered by the rule represent 10% of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in the United States and 3% of total emissions in the United States.

Separately, industry group Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), in a letter released Tuesday, urged the Biden administration to continue prioritizing multilateral solutions over aircraft emissions.

The AIA has also urged the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations to allow US manufacturers to certify planes to the global CO2 standard. Our industry is ready to work with the Biden administration to improve the sustainability of air travel, wrote the AIA.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler and David Gregorio

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