ICCAIA Supports Global Aviation Emissions Reduction Plan

International Agreement Establishes First-Ever Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation 

Arlington, Va. — The International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA) is fully supportive of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) recently agreed by the 39th Assembly of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This landmark decision is a product of several years of challenging technical work and extensive bilateral and multi-lateral political considerations.

“This is a significant year for the global aviation community. The agreement on CO2 standards for aircraft, coupled with the international carbon offset plan illustrates we take our environmental responsibility seriously,” said International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations Chairman David F. Melcher.

In 2009, the aviation industry was the first in the transportation sector to set international climate goals and a strategy to achieve that ambition. These significant targets are accomplished through manufacturer’s technology improvements, operational and infrastructure improvements, introduction of sustainable alternative fuels, and a properly designed carbon offset plan to address the remaining emissions gap.

Earlier in the year, the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) which handles environmental policy at ICAO, agreed to CO2 certification standards for commercial aircraft. These certification standards will ensure the integration of fuel efficient technologies into aircraft and engine design and development.

“While the CORSIA and the CO2 emissions standards are important milestones, we must not forget the importance of continuing to reduce our impact on the environment in other areas which support these goals. Since setting our targets in 2009, aircraft and engine manufacturers worldwide have invested heavily to introduce more fuel efficient aircraft into the fleet, facilitate the adoption of sustainable fuels, and support more efficient operations. Together with our governments and the wider industry, it is crucial we maintain this positive momentum,” Melcher added.

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