Friday, October 7, 2016

Historic Step to Control Carbon Emissions from Freight and Passenger Aircraft

International Civil Aviation Organization Prompts Moves Toward Neutral Growth
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – Government, industry and civil society representatives have taken an historic step to control CO2 emissions from the international aviation sector. Under the leadership of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agreement was reached by the association's 191 member states to implement the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), a global market-base measure (GMBM) scheme developed to achieve the global aspirational goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, said:

“It has taken a great deal of effort and understanding to reach this stage, and I want to applaud the spirit of consensus and compromise demonstrated by our Member States, industry and civil society. We now have practical agreement and consensus on this issue backed by a large number of States who will voluntarily participate in the GMBM, and from its outset. This will permit the CORSIA to serve as a positive and sustainable contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions reduction.”

CORSIA is designed to complement the basket of mitigation measures the air transport community is already pursuing to reduce CO2 emissions from international aviation. These include technical and operational improvements and advances in the production and use of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation.

Implementation of the CORSIA will begin with a pilot phase from 2021 through 2023, followed by a first phase, from 2024 through 2026. Participation in both of these early stages will be voluntary and the next phase from 2027 to 2035 would see all States on board. Some exemptions were accepted for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and States with very low levels of international aviation activity. Alexandre de Juniac, Internation Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO, commented:

“The historic significance of this agreement cannot be overestimated. CORSIA is the first global scheme covering an entire industrial sector. The CORSIA agreement has turned years of preparation into an effective solution for airlines to manage their carbon footprint. Aviation is a catalytic driver of social development and economic prosperity, it is the business of freedom making our world a better place. This agreement ensures that the aviation industry’s economic and social contributions are matched with cutting-edge efforts on sustainability. With CORSIA, aviation remains at the forefront of industries in combatting climate change.”