Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have adopted a collective ambitious long-term goal of net zero emissions by 2050. Measures to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, including l Accelerated adoption of “new and innovative” aviation technologies, streamlining of flight operations, and increased production and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels will help achieve this goal.
Delegates to the 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly also collectively stressed the importance of sustainable funding and investment to support the achievement of the new objective, and supported the program of assistance, enhancement capacity building and training for sustainable aviation fuels to accelerate the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuels.
Adopting the goal follows similar commitments of industrial groups.
“Countries have made tremendous and very important progress in diplomacy…and on matters of critical importance to the future sustainability of our planet and the air transport system that serves and connects its people,” the Secretary General of the United Nations said. ‘ICAO, Juan Carlos Salazar.
Countries also completed the first periodic review of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Program for International Aviation (CORSIA), agreeing a new CORSIA baseline from 2024. According to a ICAO press release, the benchmark is defined as “85% of CO2 emissions in 2019”. An agreement was also reached on “the revised percentages of sectoral and individual growth factors to be used for the calculation of compensation needs from 2030”.
Carbon emissions from domestic aviation operations are covered by countries’ commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change. Emissions resulting from the operation of international flights are dealt with collectively within the framework of the Chicago Convention and the associated agreements concluded by the States within the ICAO.
The 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly was held at ICAO Headquarters in Montreal, Canada, from 27 September to 7 October 2022. The ICAO Assembly is the sovereign body of ICAO . It meets at least once every three years and is convened by ICAO’s governing body, the Council. [ICAO Press Release] [UN News Story] [SDG Knowledge Hub Articles on Sustainability Developments in ICAO]