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ICAO Council President: “Ultimate Goal” Must be the Elimination of Carbon Emissions from Aviation

Roberto Kobeh González, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 24 November 2008: The 45th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation of the Asia and Pacific Regions is taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 24-28 November 2008, under the theme “Cooperating towards enhanced aviation safety, security, efficiency and environment.”

In an address to the conference, Roberto Kobeh González, President of

the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),

emphasized issues such as the economic recovery of the aviation

industry, safety, lack of skilled aviation personnel, airspace

regulation, and climate change.

On climate change, he said ICAO would submit to the UNFCCC, prior to

the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties in Poznan, Poland, a statement

suggesting that international aviation emissions should continue to

come under the responsibility of the Organization in a post-2012

climate agreement. He highlighted work by ICAO's Group on International

Aviation and Climate Change, established in 2007.

Noting ongoing work

on alternative fuels for aviation, he said the “ultimate goal” must be

the elimination of carbon emissions from aviation. He indicated that in

the long term, the international aviation community will “continue to

develop the full range of options currently available,” highlighting

improved operational and technological measures, and market-based

measures such as emissions trading and carbon offsets. [The Statement] [Conference Website]