Global Binding Aircraft Emission Standards on the Anvil

    2% of All CO2 Emission are from Flying Machines

The UN’s civil aviation organization announced on Monday that it had reached a deal on global, binding standards for airplane carbon dioxide emissions, bringing to a close a six-year negotiating process.

The news came during a 1-12 February meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, which is also set to tackle topics such as aircraft noise, alternative aviation fuels, and technical issues regarding plans for a global market-based aviation measure.

The aircraft emissions standard will go to the Montreal-based agency’s Governing Council for approval later this year. Individual member states would then need to incorporate the standard into their national laws or regulations.

Aircrafts presently accounts for under two percent of the world’s annual CO2 emissions. The projected doubling of global passengers and flights by 2030 must be managed responsibly and sustainably. Other figures have placed aviation’s share of global emissions at even higher, at three percent.

Start dates

The standard announced on Monday will, once adopted, be fully applicable to all new plane designs starting in 2020; to planes currently in production from 2023, and to all planes produced from 2028 onward.

The ICAO expert committee stressed that the standard will apply to planes of all sizes and types. The standard would have the greatest implications for large aircraft, the committee added, given that they cause the vast majority of aviation emissions.