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IN a landmark move, all the 190 Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a comprehensive resolution to reduce the impact of aviation emissions on climate change at the concluding session 37th assembly in Montreal on October 8. The agreement provides a roadmap for action through 2050 for the Member States of ICAO.


This historic agreement builds on achievements since the last ICAO Assembly in 2007, which included a global goal of 2 per cent annual fuel efficiency improvement up to the year 2050, a global framework for the development and deployment of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation, and a target of 2013 for a CO2 standard for aircraft engines.


This remarkable accomplishment comes only two months before negotiations are again undertaken by these States at the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in December in Mexico.


“We feel that the Assembly resolution and related decisions are good examples of the spirit of cooperation that can make a substantial contribution to the UNFCCC discussions,” said Roberto Kobeh González, President of the ICAO Council.


“This agreement demonstrates what can be achieved when parties with divergent and even conflicting views are determined to progress towards results that are in the best interest of an industry as critical to the world economy as aviation,” Kobeh added.


Endorsing the move, Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's Director General and CEO said, “Governments have taken an historic decision. For the first time, we have globally agreed aspirational goals to stabilize emissions. No other industry sector has a similar globally agreed framework for managing its response to climate change in a manner that takes into consideration the needs of both developed and developing states. Moreover, it recognizes the need for Governments and industry to work together. This is a good first step that prepares the way for future achievements.”


 “We must recognize that a long journey still lies ahead. Industry's ambitious targets are still ahead of Governments. Our commitment to cut emissions in half by 2050 compared to 2005 remains the global benchmark. The entire aviation industry is committed to working under the leadership of ICAO as we move forward to achieve both the aspirations,” Bisignani added.


Ultimately, a consensus has been reached to make global aviation green and it is now for the airlines and manufacturers alike to help the world go greener.


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