4-Jun-2013 10:04 AM

IATA AGM: Agreement on carbon-neutral growth strategy

IATA annual general meeting (AGM) endorsed (03-Jun-2013) a resolution on 'Implementation of the Aviation Carbon-Neutral Growth (CNG2020) Strategy'. The resolution provides governments with a set of principles on how governments could:

  • Establish procedures for a single market-based measure (MBM);
  • Integrate a single MBM as part of an overall package of measures to achieve CNG2020.

The principles of the resolution includes the following:

  • Setting the industry and individual carrier baselines using the average annual total emissions over the period 2018–2020;
  • Agreeing to provisions/adjustments for:
    • Recognising early movers, benchmarked for 2005–2020 with a sunset by 2025
    • Accommodating new market entrants for their initial years of operation
    • Fast growing carriers
  • Adopting an equitable balance for determining individual carrier responsibilities that includes consideration of:
    • An ‘emissions share’ element (reflecting the carrier’s share of total industry emissions) and
    • A post-2020 ‘growth’ element (reflecting the carrier’s growth above baseline emissions)
  • Reporting and verification of carbon emissions that is:
    • Based on a global standard to be developed by ICAO;
    • Simple and scalable based on the size and complexity of the operator.
  • Instituting a periodic CNG2020 performance review cycle that revises individual elements and parameters as appropriate

IATA stated aviation is the first industry to suggest a global approach to the application of a single MBM to manage its climate change impact. This keeps aviation in the forefront of industries on managing carbon emissions. It was also the first to agree global targets. These are: improving fuel efficiency by 1.5% p/a to 2020, capping net emissions with CNG2020, and cutting emissions in half by 2050 compared to 2005. And it was also the first to agree on a global strategy to achieve them. [more - original PR]

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