The 40th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has 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 – that begins in 2020.
It also directed the
ICAO Council to report to the next Assembly on options for the adoption of a
long-term aspirational goal for reducing carbon emissions from international
Commenting on this development, the Secretary General/CEO of International Air Transport Association (IATA), Alexandre de Juniac said this Assembly marked the first time that ICAO member states have agreed to consider a long-term goal for governments to reduce aviation emissions. According to him, “It’s been 10 years since the aviation industry agreed a long-term goal to cut aviation emissions to half the levels of 2005 by 2050. 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, who recognize that sustainability is critical to earning aviation’s license to grow and to continue spreading its many economic and social benefits.
“From 2020—with the help of CORSIA—the sector’s growth will be carbon-neutral. And with the strong support of governments in areas such as commercializing sustainable aviation fuels and improving the efficiency of air traffic management, we will continue working toward our long-term goal.”