ICAO achieves key environmental protection outcomes at annual assembly

Important civil aviation Environmental Protection outcomes were established this year at the 40th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), including the strengthening of international resolve to move forward on the implementation of the CORSIA(1) emissions offsetting solution for international flights and the basket of measures of environmental protection to reduce emissions.

Member countries’ decisions relevant to CORSIA included advancing work supporting CORSIA-eligible fuels and emissions units, progressing the structure of the CORSIA central registry, and the continuation of ICAO’s ACT CORSIA capacity-building initiative, which has been of tremendous assistance to many national governments.

While highlighting the successful adoption of the new fourth volume to Annex 16, and the ICAO-driven development and implementation of 116 State Action Plans to reduce aviation-related CO2 emissions, further ICAO Assembly decisions called for prioritization of a long-term global aspirational goal for international aviation CO2 emissions reduction, and the need for further elaboration of the 2050 ICAO Vision on Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

Countries also acknowledged the excellent progress recently achieved through ICAO on the first aeroplane CO2 emissions standard, and the non-volatile Particulate Matter standard for aircraft engines.

They also called for ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) to prioritize an exploratory study on environmental impacts of new supersonic aircraft being developed.

(1) CORSIA: Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for Aviation

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