The International Air Cargo Association said the agreement by 191 countries at the International Civil Aviation Organization General Assembly in Montreal to develop a global market-based measure for aviation emissions from 2020 is a major breakthrough.
“We must not underestimate the importance of this agreement. Business is changing, and companies are being forced to deal with harsh economic realities while also working to achieve a sustainable future,” Doug Brittin, secretary general of TIACA, said. “Collaboration on the development of necessary global standards is essential to achieve the clarity international businesses need and to remove unnecessary additional processes and costs that inevitably arise when organizations are forced to comply with a raft of different national and regional regulations.”
Prior to the ICAO meeting, TIACA urged the 191 states to reach a single and sustainable agreement to help aviation achieve carbon neutral growth. TIACA also endorsed a resolution by members of the International Air Transport Association for the implementation of an aviation carbon neutral growth strategy by 2020.
Under the terms of the ICAO Resolution agreed in Montreal to develop a global measure for aviation emissions, governments will spend the next three years leading up to the scheduled ICAO General Assembly in 2016 on technical discussions.
“As we have continuously stressed, the aviation industry is highly committed to more efficient operations and has a long history of investing in tangible improvements such as more efficient aircraft fleets and the development of alternative fuels, as well as a wide range of other green initiatives applied on the ground,” Brittin said. “This will continue apace because greater efficiency means lower cost and in a highly-regulated industry forced to operate with such low financial margins, this is the ultimate incentive for airlines. The global economy needs a vibrant and profitable airline industry to stimulate growth and, in turn, the industry needs regulators to work alongside it to ensure the aviation industry can continue to fulfill its vital role.”