The Nature Conservancy’s Statement on ICAO’s Adoption of Climate Rules
Arlington, VA | July 02, 2018
The Nature Conservancy welcomes the progress announced by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization to advance monitoring and reporting of climate change pollution in the international aviation sector.
Countries agreed to a set of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) that will begin to address international airlines’ contributions to climate change. The new rules, which will be part of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), lay the important groundwork for countries and airlines to report on climate change emissions from international air travel. By assessing their contributions to climate change in the coming years, airlines and governments will be able to achieve the goal of a milestone 2018 agreement that aims to ensure post-2020 carbon neutral growth in the sector via increased biofuels and carbon offsets purchases.
Agreement means that the world remains on track to implement this vision. However, with several discussions related to sustainable biofuels and carbon offsets deferred to meetings later this year, significant work remains to be done in 2018 if this timeline is to be maintained. ICAO should swiftly establish technical advisory bodies for this work that have broad participation, are free of potential conflicts of interest, and operate transparently to ensure a high-bar for fuels and offsets integrity that is fair to all countries and airlines. Closer alignment should also be sought by governments engaging in ICAO and the UNFCCC to align CORSIA with the Paris Agreement to ensure climate action is properly accounted for.
The Nature Conservancy commends the progress made to date and looks forward the finalization of a high-integrity CORSIA package by the end of the year.
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