Brussels, October 6, 2016 - The Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) applauds the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its Member States for reaching an agreement on the first ever global Market Based Measure (MBM) to tackle global civil aviation emissions also known as the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). ASD also encourages further ICAO Member States to join the many States that have already committed to join the first pilot phase of the global MBM.
The successful outcome of the ICAO Assembly, which took place in Montréal from September 27 until October 7, 2016 is the result of many years of intensive work involving experts from ICAO Member States and various stakeholders including the EU institutions. “ASD has actively contributed to this work through its global association the International Coordination Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA)” said Mr Jan Pie (ASD Secretary General).
Together with the global MBM, ICAO has also agreed on another range of measures to tackle the environmental impact of civil aviation, including the first ever international CO2 certification standard for civil aircraft, as well as an international standard on non-volatile particulate matter. “This shows ICAO’s leadership in setting ambitious environmental standards for civil aviation at a global level” said Mr Naresh Kumar (Rolls Royce Representative and Chair of the ASD Environment Commission).
The aviation industry has already made huge progress to reduce its carbon footprint through a basket of measures including new technology, operational improvements and addressing inefficiencies in infrastructure. “The global MBM will further contribute to the goal of reducing the environmental footprint of civil aviation. European industry is ready to assist developing countries for capacity building regarding the implementation of the global MBM scheme” said Mr Michel Wachenheim (Airbus Representative and Chair of the ASD Civil Aviation Business Unit).
This agreement at a global level now paves the way for the European Union to adjust its own environmental legislation in the framework of the global ICAO MBM. “The European Union will also be able to continue to play a leading role in environmental performance, accompanying the industry’s own considerable research efforts, through investing in Research and Development (R&D) flagship programmes such as CleanSky, SESAR and Horizon2020. This will enable the EU aerospace industry to take the next steps in technological development with the aim to reduce the environmental footprint of civil aviation” said Mr Vincent De Vroey (ASD Civil Aviation Director).