ICAO Adopts New Carbon Emissions Standard


Iran Air Airbus A321. Photo: Airbus.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has adopted a new aircraft CO2 emissions standard which will reduce the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate. According to a statement released by ICAO, the new standard will be applicable to new aircraft type designs beginning in 2020.

Aircraft type designs already in-production as of 2023 are also applicable, and in-production aircraft which by 2028 do not meet the standard will no longer be able to be produced unless their designs are modified in accordance with the standard, the agency says.

Contained in the new Volume III to Annex 16 of the Chicago Convention), the aircraft CO2 emissions measure represents the world’s first global design certification standard governing CO2 emissions for any industry sector.

“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 Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.

ICAO’s adoption of the new standard follows the agency’s landmark agreement last October on the new Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

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