Tuesday, March 07, 2017

New standard on aircraft CO2 emissions adopted, deputy UN spokesman says

The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has adopted a new aircraft CO2 emissions standard which will reduce the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate, Farhan Haq, the deputy UN spokesman, said here Monday.

"This represents the world's first global design certification standard governing CO2 emissions for any industry sector," Haq said at a daily news briefing here.

Adopted by the 36-State ICAO Council, the new standard will apply to new aircraft type designs from 2020, and to aircraft type designs already in production as of 2023. Those in-production aircraft which by 2028 do not meet the standard will no longer be able to be produced unless their designs are sufficiently modified.

"This historic accomplishment places aviation in an even better position as we look forward to a greener era of air transport development," said ICAO Secretary General Liu Fang.

"International civil aviation has once again taken pioneering action to address the impact of aviation CO2 emissions on the global climate," said ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.

The new standard was built on an agreement reached in February 2016.

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