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ICAO Statement to AWG-LCA3 Addresses Options to Reduce GHG Emissions from International Civil Aviation

25 August 2008: In a statement to the third Session of the

Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention

(AWG-LCA 3), which met in Accra, Ghana, from 21-27 August 2008, the

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) addressed the various

approaches and options under which greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from

international civil aviation can be effectively addressed.

ICAO noted that its

mission includes minimizing the effects of international civil aviation on the

environment through cooperation among all parties. Stressing the global nature

of emissions from international aviation, ICAO stated that it already provides

an official and effective international forum to develop globally harmonized

environmental standards, procedures and practices. It recalled that the

Organization has already successfully increased the energy efficiency of the

aviation sector and developed policies and mitigating measures that take into

account the specificities of developing and developed countries. The statement

underscores ICAO's position in ensuring environmental sustainability as well as

the safety, security and efficiency of the global air transport system.

The

Organization recommended adopting a global framework encompassing a basket of

measures of a technological, operational and market-based nature to deal with

the specific realities of all parties. ICAO outlined its recent climate change

activities, namely the: Carbon Calculator; first “Aviation and Carbon Markets”

workshop; and second meeting of ICAO's Group on International Aviation and

Climate Change, whose recommendations will be forwarded to the fifteenth

Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, in December 2009. In this context,

ICAO highlighted its cooperation with the UNFCCC and the preparation of an

information paper and the organization of a side event on the sustained efforts

of international aviation to reduce GHG emissions and their future management.

[The Statement]