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ICAO Council President Outlines Efforts Develop a Programme of Action on International Aviation and Climate Change

ICAO Council President's address 6 October 2008: Roberto Kobeh González, President of the

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

issues such as safety, security, airspace management, airport congestion, and

climate change in his address to the 61st Annual Meeting and Convention of the

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) on 6 October 2008, in Orlando,

Florida.

On climate change, Kobeh González noted that global aviation is

estimated to account for 2% of human carbon dioxide emissions. He underscored

that, despite increased aircraft fuel efficiency, growth in the sector will

outpace the capacity to bring down emissions. He said the solution lies in the

development of a combination of technical, operational and market-based

measures under the leadership of ICAO, and emphasized that the 36th Session of

the ICAO Assembly in 2007 created a special group to recommend an aggressive

programme of action on international aviation and climate change.

He indicated

that the group's recommendations will be reviewed at an ICAO high-level meeting

in 2009, in time for consideration by the UNFCCC before COP 15, schedule to

take place in December 2009. [ICAO

Council President's address]