The International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection has unanimously agreed on a metric to define a carbon dioxide standard for new aircraft. The standard, which is slated to be fully developed by the end of 2013, has been met with resounding approval from many in the aviation industry.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Environment and Aviation Policy Billy Glover praised ICAO’s member states for working since 2010 to develop this metric, which accounts for the aircraft’s fuselage geometry, maximum takeoff weigh and fuel-burn performance.
“This is a tremendous achievement by the committee that has worked so diligently the past several years to reach agreement on the CO2 standard and metric system that supports it,” Glover said in a statement. “Our industry continues to advocate for global standards for aviation emissions developed through ICAO because the process works; this achievement is proof-positive.”
Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, also lauded ICAO’s agreement, calling it a “major milestone” for the global aviation industry. “Establishing a standard for future generations of aircraft will help to ensure that the environmental benefits of the billions of dollars of airline investments in new aircraft are being maximized,” he said in a statement.
In a press release, IATA explained that the agreement of a metric to measure carbon emissions paves the way for ICAO to formally adopt a carbon standard. Such measures are also in line with the 2009 pledge of carriers, airports, manufacturers and air navigation service providers to slash carbon emissions in half by 2050.