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Long-Awaited Co2 Emission Standard Lined Up

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

29 February 2016


The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is finalizing the design of a landmark CO2 emissions standard for the aviation industry, some six years in the making.

The standard, which is expected to be approved this year, would set a maximum level of emissions per kilometer traveled. It would apply to new aircraft designs from 2020 and new deliveries of current in-production aircraft from 2023. It is proposed that there would be a cut-off date of 2028 for the production of aircraft that do not comply with the standard.

The new environmental measure was unanimously recommended by the 170 international experts on ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), paving the way for its ultimate adoption by the UN agency's 36-State Governing Council.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the President of the ICAO Council, said: "It is particularly encouraging that the CAEP's recommendation today responds so directly to the aircraft technology improvements which States have forged consensus on at recent ICAO Assemblies. Every step taken in support of ICAO's full basket of measures for environmental improvement is an important one, and I am sure the Council will be deeply appreciative of this latest CAEP achievement."

The proposed global standard is especially stringent where it will have the greatest impact: for larger aircraft. Operations of aircraft weighing over 60 tonnes account for more than 90 percent of international aviation emissions. They also have access to the broadest range of emissions reduction technologies, the ICAO said.

"The goal of this process is ultimately to ensure that when the next generation of aircraft types enter service, there will be guaranteed reductions in international CO2 emissions," Aliu said. "Our sector presently accounts for under two percent of the world's annual CO2 emissions, but we also recognize that the projected doubling of global passengers and flights by 2030 must be managed responsibly and sustainably."

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said of the proposal: "I am pleased that ICAO reached an international consensus on a meaningful standard to foster reduction in CO2 emissions from aircraft. We are encouraged by this success and believe it puts us on a promising path to secure a robust market-based measure later this year."

Tony Tyler, IATA's Director General and CEO, said: "The agreement of this CO2 Standard is a vital and very welcome development. The CO2 Standard does not solve aviation's climate challenge on its own, but it is an important element in our comprehensive strategy for tackling carbon emissions. The next milestone will be the implementation of a market-based measure to address CO2 emissions, which we hope to see agreed at the ICAO Assembly in September. Our shared industry goals are for carbon-neutral growth from 2020, and for a 50% cut in CO2 emissions by 2050. This CO2 standard is a significant milestone towards those targets, and proves that the industry and the world's governments are working together to find a sustainable future for aviation."

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