ICCAIA Endorses First Global CO2 Standard To Reduce Aircraft Emissions

The International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Association (ICCAIA) welcomes the new ambitious CO2 emissions standard for commercial airplanes proposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) on the 8th February 2016 in Montreal, Canada. The agreement on the ICAO “CO2 Standard” is the result of work by a task force of experts from governments and observers and will be endorsed by the ICAO Council later this year.

The aim of this certification standard is to reduce CO2 emissions from aviation by encouraging the integration of fuel efficient technologies into aircraft design and development, and is part of a broader set of actions aimed at tackling aviation’s climate change impact.  This includes improvements in flight operations, deployment of biofuels and the reduction of noise and other emissions, together with the development of a global market based measure for aviation‎ to be agreed at the ICAO General Assembly in October 2016.

“This is a significant step for the global aviation community and our collective climate responsibility,” said International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations Chairman David F. Melcher. “This also is certainly the right thing to do for our industry, our customers and the global community.”

The agreement marks more than six years of committed and intense effort by our international community. The new standard will apply to all new civil aircraft designs launched after 2020, with a three-year delay for aircraft with fewer than 20 seats, and to in-production aircraft from 2023 onwards.  The agreement guarantees that manufacturers will continue to design and develop aircraft that will meet this ambitious standard in the future.

“This builds on aviation’s long and consistent track record of continuous improvements in fuel efficiency.  For example, today’s aircraft are more than 70 percent more efficient than the industry’s first commercial jets.” continued Melcher.

New aircraft technologies are one important pillar of a basket of measures that the aerospace industry and governments are using to reduce aviation CO2 emissions.  This agreement will support ongoing industry commitments: including a 1.5 percent annual fleet fuel efficiency improvement, carbon neutral growth from 2020, halving CO2 emissions by 2050 relative to 2005.

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