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ICAO President Calls on GIACC to Set Fuel Efficiency Goals

Opening address by the President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Mr. Roberto Kobeh González. Photo credit, ICAO

14 July

2008: In his inaugural  speech to the second meeting of the

International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Group on International

Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC), Roberto Kobeh González, President of the

ICAO Council, noted the work carried out by the Organization and the UNFCCC

Secretariat in coordinating their work plans, and highlighted the importance

for the Group to agree on aspirational goals on fuel efficiency.

Emphasizing that broad support for emissions trading for aviation exists,

he suggested that the GIACC, which had convened at ICAO headquarters in

Montreal, Canada, from 14-16 July 2008, consider formulating a recommendation

to the ICAO Council on this topic. On whether to develop a global

emissions trading programme for aviation, he stated that the Organization would

benefit most from such a mechanism, which would enhance the effectiveness of the

aviation sector's response to climate change and ICAO's leadership in this

area. He added that such concrete steps would also improve the image of aviation,

which he said receives disproportionate negative coverage in the media despite

remarkable progress made by the industry in mitigating its climate change

impacts. Jane Hupe, ICAO Environmental Unit Chief, provided an overview of

recent environmental developments in the climate change arena, including: the

first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative

Action (AWGLCA 1) and the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on

Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol to the UN

Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG 5), which took place from 31 March

to 4 April 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand; the twenty-eighth session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

and Sessions of the AWGs, which took place from 2-13 June 2008, in Bonn,

Germany; the first meeting of the International Maritime Organization's Working Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships, which took place in Oslo, Norway, from

23-27 June 2008; and developments within the International Civil Aviation

Organization (ICAO) and the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection,

highlighting the ICAO carbon emissions calculator. She then listed key upcoming

events on the climate agenda. Stelios Pesmajoglou, UNFCCC Secretariat,

gave a briefing on UNFCCC activities. After presenting the UNFCCC, he described

the treatment of emissions from international aviation under the UNFCCC

process. He noted that, although the Bali Action Plan and the Kyoto Protocol

process did not make specific references to emissions from international

aviation, the issue had been raised during the Bangkok and Bonn meetings and parties

had decided to consider the issue. [ICAO President of the Council's speech]

[Recent

Environmental Developments, presentation by Jane Hupe] [Briefing on UNFCCC activities]