ICAO takes important step forward to reduce carbon emissions from aviation
THE International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council plans to report to the next assembly on options for the adoption of a long-term goal to lower carbon emissions from international aviation
THE International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council plans to report to the next assembly on options for the adoption of a long-term goal to lower carbon emissions from international aviation.
The assembly passed a resolution that reaffirmed and strengthened its support for the successful implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) - the world's first global carbon offsetting scheme, reported Freightweek of London.
In response to this development, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) commended the progress made by the ICAO in adopting long-term carbon-reduction plans.
A decade ago the aviation industry agreed to cut aviation emissions to half the levels of 2005 by 2050 and is working on a pathway to realise that goal. This assembly marks the first time that ICAO member states have agreed to consider a long-term goal for governments to reduce aviation emissions - a move that is strongly welcomed by airlines.
'Our focus is on cutting emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050 and we are making consistent progress. Flying today is 17.3 per cent more fuel efficient than a decade ago. From 2020 - with the help of CORSIA - the sector's growth will be carbon neutral,' IATA's director general Alexandre de Juniac was quoted as saying.
'The strong support of governments for developing a UN backed long-term goal for reducing emissions would support us in those efforts and take us to the next step. National policy measures aligned to a global long-term emissions reduction goal will enable the industry to work even more effectively on crucial opportunities like commercialising sustainable aviation fuels and more efficient air traffic management.'
The strong support for CORSIA is expected to shore-up the important step of capping aviation's emissions from 2020. CORSIA will offset growth of international flight emissions from 2021, generating US$40 billion of aviation-funded climate finance by 2035.
'We need to implement CORSIA successfully. It's essential to our promise of carbon-neutral growth. This assembly has sent a clear message that governments are committed to CORSIA and want to broaden participation from the voluntary stage. We look forward to seeing these commitments delivered as CORSIA begins - particularly by those states that are undermining CORSIA with additional taxes or charges,' added Mr de Juniac.