- THE MAGAZINE
In a working position paper developed for the 38th ICAO Assembly, the global aviation industry is proposing ways to reduce air emissions by 2020.
The document is signed by 15 major organizations pledging to actively participate in cutting those emissions, including IATA, GE Aviation, Airports Council International, Honeywell Aerospace and Boeing.
The aviation industry recommends that, as part of a comprehensive approach to address air transport’s climate impacts, a single global market-based measure (MBM) be agreed. This must be seen as part of a broader package of measures including new technology, more efficient operations and better use of infrastructure.
The industry believes that a simple carbon offsetting scheme would be the quickest to implement, the easiest to administer and the most cost-efficient.
The industry invites governments meeting at the 38th ICAO Assembly in September 2013 to:
- Agree a roadmap for development of a single global MBM for aviation to be implemented from 2020 that can be adopted at ICAO’s next Assembly in 2016.
Agree the principles for development of a global MBM, including:
- the goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020;
- that aviation emissions should only be accounted for once;
- that a global MBM should take account of different types of operator activity.
Ask ICAO to develop, in the meantime, several milestones that could help build the foundation for a single global MBM, including:
- an ICAO standard for monitoring, reporting and verifying emissions from aviation;
a mechanism to define the quality of verified offset types that could be used in a global MBM for aviation.